Cornwall news Brave seal choked by net is put to sleep after being rescued UK news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - Hattie the seal was saved from the clutches of death after becoming trapped in between boulders at a remote location near Sennen in West Cornwall
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A seal that was rescued at the end of last month after becoming trapped in between boulders off Cornwall's coast has been put to sleep. On April, 28, medics from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) rescued the juvenile seal named Hattie who was wedged between the boulders and unable to move near Sennen in west Cornwall. After being rescued, the seal was taken to BDMLR's Cornwall Seal Pup Hospital for assessment and care for the wounds from a bit of fishing net that had been wrapped around her neck for about three years - since the age of about two - which was 4cm at its worst point across the back of the neck although largely free of infection. Hattie - who was later identified to be no older than four and a half years old - was discovered to be severely malnourished and less than half the size she’d normally be. Hattie was taken to BDMLR Seal Pup Hospital Cornwall where she remained for just under two weeks being well cared for by rescuers. However, despite being kept under the watchful eye of rescuers, the heartbreaking decision was made to put Hattie to sleep as her condition had rapidly deteriorated. You can stay up to date on the top news and events near you with CornwallLive’s FREE newsletters – enter your email address at the top of the page. In a statement on its Facebook page, Lizzi Larbalestier, from the BDMLR Seal Pup Hospital Cornwall, said, sharing the hospital's previous post and adding her own thoughts: ''I’m afraid we have to give you all some very sad news about Hattie. ''Yesterday we became very concerned about Hattie as her condition had rapidly deteriorated. ''She was showing signs of a more complex, underlying illness going on and some blood tests revealed that she was likely to be suffering from some major organ dysfunction. ''Hattie’s quality of life was declining, and her chances of recovery from such a major illness and eventual release back into the wild were extremely slim. ''With all this in mind, we decided to let her pass away peacefully and with dignity last night, as our vet came out to put her to sleep. ''As you can imagine, this was a heartbreaking decision for our team who have worked so hard over the past nine days to give her the very best care. ''But as with all our important decisions, our patients welfare and best interests must always be the top priority. ''We are comforted at least by the fact that her final days were in an environment where she was safe and well cared for. ''She was a very special seal, and one which I’m sure we will all remember. ''A postmortem will be carried out and we hope that will give us some more information about the illness Hattie was suffering from and whether it was perhaps a result of her long term entanglement. ''A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved with Hattie’s rescue and care, as well as to everyone who has been following her progress on here. ''We really appreciate your ongoing support of our work, particularly at very difficult times like this. ''In the world of wildlife rehabilitation, we unfortunately can’t save every animal we are presented with but we will always endeavour to do the right thing for each of them.'' To support the charity's crowdfunder campaign for a vital new seal hospital click here. Lizzi also said Hattie was "a seal whose short life was so badly affected by humans that I am compelled to reflect upon and share her story in the hope we can all learn something from her. "The fishing net she got caught in at a young age, likely around two years old, she carried around her neck for three years as it slowly cut into her flesh reducing her ability to feed and resulting in a body that was badly stunted - her organs challenged. "On Wed 28th April she got caught in remote rocks for a whole tide cycle... she would have drowned but for the compassion of some pretty amazing British Divers Marine Life Rescue medics (and the coastguard) who fought hard for hours to free her. They did not give up on her, finally getting her out from the rocks just as the tide came over them. "We hoped this was the moment the luck of this beautiful and gentle soul would change, after all this would be the first time she would have felt the warmth of human compassion. "She must have been terrified. The juvenile seal trapped off the coast of Sennen as the rescuers arrived to rescue her (Image: Francesca Ellis) "Exhausted she was brought into our care, the extent of not only her neck injury but also her poor body condition now became evident. Her spine and hips clearly visible she was a seal who had been slowly starving. "With hope in our hearts we did all we could for 9 days providing her care, medication, fluids, fish, gently cleaning her wounds and enabling her to rest in a quiet place with a bath - a safe haven.
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. "But we knew she had a long uphill journey to health ahead and there was a good chance she would not make it. "Her wound improved a lot for just nine days... and with plenty of rest she had moments of showing improved energy climbing in and out of her bath and even seeming to recognise seaweed and cuttlefish we had placed in her water. "But the contrasting lows to the highs became more pronounced in her last 36 hours. We noticed how tired she would be after her feed, her breath developed a smell of acetone and blood tests revealed a deeply debilitated system. "We made the decision that it was time to let Hattie go. "She was respectfully and calmly put to sleep last night, with Natalie Waddington, Alison Davey and myself at her side... at peace her consciousness left her body with grace, released to drift unrestricted on the wind and in the oceans.
"I share a relaxed image of Hattie in her bath this is how we like to remember her and knowing she is free of pain and fear, I know our actions were worthwhile. After a tragic life, she did not drown alone in pain on a rock... she died peacefully surrounded by love. "Each seal we care for takes a piece of our heart, but brings piece of theirs to replace it, it is ALWAYS a fair trade... some take and give larger pieces ... and my word Hattie you gave a lot to all our team members who rescued and cared for you. We were committed to doing everything in our power to save you... "I am sorry you went through what you did Hattie. I am sorry that we could not bring you back to health. "I am not sorry we met ~ your light shines in our hearts and it will do always." To support the charity's crowdfunder campaign for a vital new seal hospital click here.
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