May Pupdate 2018

Things are a little quieter since we released the last 7 seals… literally, Grey seals are really noisy!!!

In ICU we are still reeling since the very early arrival of Baby Noodles…. He is the definition of cuteness, and a shock to the system after a tough winter with big angry greys. Noodles is docile and sweet and his quiet cooing melts our hearts. He is getting stronger by the day, gaining weight and loving his baths… he is starting to moult his lanugo coat as well to reveal his spots below!

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Maui and Wednesday are in Kennels.

Wednesday still has a persistent ear infection and is back on different antibiotics to try and clear it up again. She remains feisty and playful and is thriving in all other respects and is very big now. She would be fit for release going by her weight but she's held back due to the infection. Poor Wednesday is frustrated being confined to the kennels, but we try to keep her as enriched as possible with feeds spread out, a full fresh bath, and different toys throughout the day. Hopefully the infection will clear up soon and she can return to the pools.

Maui is amazing. His entanglement wound around his neck is healing nicely, and he has a good appetite allowing him to gain much needed weight. He is on antibiotics for the wound and a cough, but he remains feisty, bright and very alert and active! We can’t wait to get him into the pools and back to the wild as soon as we can!

Merlin made his graduation to the Nursery Pool which is very exciting! We are all delighted to see him soooo happy – he’s loving the space and is spending all his time frolicking, splashing and playing with leaves in the pool. So so cute. He will need a short stay in here to get some exercise and get his fitness up in preparation for his release which will be really soon now. Yay!

Falkor is in the Physio Pool on his own at the moment since the other seals were released. He has good use of his wonky flipper, and the wound is nearly completely healed up now meaning he is almost set for release in the coming weeks.

Tauriel, Bran and Hansel are in the Rock Pool together and all still have the seal pox, but thankfully they are at the end stages of the virus now and the pox are clearing up which means they are also nearly ready to head home!

Zoe, Ophelia and Fizzgig in are in the Pre-Release pool and are in great shape, they just need to gain a little more weight before they’ll be given the OK to be sent home.

That’s everyone! We are just bracing ourselves now for the common season to kick off and it will be madness here again! 😊 We appreciate any support to help us care for the seals, check out our How You Can Help page on our website for all the ways you can get involved, donate and adopt! http://www.sealrescueireland.org/how-you-can-help-us/

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Common Pup Season 2018 Begins!

Meet Noodles!!!

Our first common seal pup of the season has arrived, and to kick off our new name theme of "Foods of the World", this little cutie has been dubbed "Noodles".

Noodles was rescued on 20th May 2018... he is very early as normally we wouldn't start seeing common pups until June. He was only a day old and is premature still sporting his lanugo coat which is normally moulted prior to birth, and apart from a bit of mild congestion and the fact that he had been abandoned he is thankfully a strong pup and is doing well.

Noodles was found in Carlingford Co. Louth by Phil Scott and his friends (from Dundalk Sub Aqua Club) who spotted him in the water and he came swimming towards them calling out. They initially started taking photo's but Phil noticed that he was seriously struggling to swim so they lifted him into the boat and noticed that he still had the fresh umbilical cord attached and no adult seals in sight, and he was shivering with the cold. That's when they called us for help! A big thank you to those who rescued him and who assisted with his transport Aoife Cowzer and Petya Popadiyska. <3

Our managers Sam and Rhi and our interns are exhausted like new parents having to feed the baby around the clock! As he is so tiny and being premature he requires feeds every few hours night and day. But their effort has paid off as he is bright as a button and doing so well! We have started giving him short warm baths to clean him up each day which he absolutely loves.

Another shout out to our supporters BRITA Ireland who we gave the privilege of naming our first summer pup (great choice with Noodles we must say) as they have not only sponsored one our pools for the year, but they have also offered to pay for our educational signage! So very generous, thank you!

Noodles is still in one of our ICU boxes as he is very small and requires close monitoring as premi pups can often decline rapidly and have health issues due to their organs often not being fully developed. So visitors will not be able to see him yet until he grows a little bigger and stronger and is more able to regulate his own body temperature when he can move into a bigger kennel.

Noodles is up for adoption though! Adoptees receive regular PUPdates and photos, and you will be directly helping Noodles through his rehabilitation! 
See our website for details and options:
www.sealrescueireland.org/adopt-a-seal

Pupdate April 2018

Pools PUPdate!

This past weekend we bode farewell to Arya and Klaus – both pups were quick to return back into the ocean with barely a look over their shoulder back at us as we waved them off! With these two beauties returned home, we are now left with 11 seals in the pools. What a relief!

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Currently in the Nusery Pool we have Panoramix who is doing great and should be set for release soon; Frodo Baggins who is also in great shape and his eye appears to be healing more so than we ever expected which is amazing, he should also be cleared for release soon; Pigwidgeon is a slow and quiet fellow, a real gentle giant who is feeding well and gaining weight nicely; and finally Zoe who was recently moved into the pool and she is LOVING all the space and the company from the boys 😊

In the Rock Pool we only have Bran and Hansel left since Arya and Klaus were released. Both boys have a minor case of the seal pox which are clearing up already and both are a good weight.

In our Physio Pool, which we tend to allocate seals that are recovering from injuries or tend to be a little smaller etc. we have Falkor who is looking AMAZING! His front flipper is nearly completely healed now, it remains deformed, but this does not bother him and he is still very well able to swim and manoeuvre and he is very fast and has noooo problem gobbling up all the fish! He will hopefully be released soon. Fizzgig is still quite small but very healthy, and likewise Haggis is also a little lady but she makes up for her small stature with a very mean personality! These two petite girls are in great health but still need to gain more weight before they will be cleared for release – eat up ladies!

Finally in the Pre-Release Pool we have Tikka and Ofelia who are both wonderful, back to full health and nearly at their release weight. Another kilo or so and these two gals will be returned to the sea so please stay tuned for upcoming release dates. 😊

Help us to care for these lovely pups. Check out our website for various ways to support our centre: http://www.sealrescueireland.org/how-you-can-help-us/

Kennels Pupdate April 2018

Kennels PUPdate!

Currently we have 5 seals in the kennels, most of whom had all been out in the pools but have had to temporarily be brought back in for closer monitoring for various reasons.

Tauriel, Yvaine and Eleven all have Seal Pox so are quarantined to prevent the spread to other seals. Seal Pox causes lesions on the skin which are uncomfortable but on a healthy seal don't pose a great risk and clear up after a matter of weeks as it is a self limiting virus. All three pups are doing well but are annoyed being back in the kennels!

Wednesday is in great shape apart from a persistent ear infection that is keeping her in the kennels and on medication. She is fat and healthy otherwise. Merlin is also back in the kennels with a urinary tract infection that appears to be antibiotic resistant. He is fat, handsome and healthy otherwise but we have to keep him under close observation with regular vet check ups to keep and eye on his condition.

It is a relief to have only a few seals in the kennels for now, a breather before the crazy summer season ahead!

Stay tuned for a pool PUPdate soon! :)