Friday, January 31st 2020

This young grey seal was found on Schiermonnikoog by EHBZ-er Teun Talsma. He became entangled, possibly in the lines of a standing wall net and could be that in his attempts to come loose he became even more entangled.

Scar is only 2 months old, at this age a grey seal has not been self-sufficient for so long and they have to discover everything and learn a lot. After the suckling period, when the mother leaves her pup behind, a young grey seal remains on the beach for about two weeks. He then loses his white fur (lanugo) and during the moulting period the seal does not eat, he lives on the reserves that he received from his mother. When the white fur is gone, he goes into the water to look for food. That is of course not easy in those first weeks and then a fishing net with probably some fish in it is very tempting. We suspect that it must have happened this way, but cannot know for sure. Looking at the lines of the net, it is certain that it is a standing wall net, but it could also have been a ghostnet. A ghostnet is a piece of fishing net that is lost or left behind and floats in the water. Scar is now recovering from his adventure in intensive care. Luckily he had no major injuries so we hope he recovers soon.

zeehond scar in visnet

zeehond scar in visnet

zeehond scar in visnet

zeehond scar in visnet

zeehond scar in visnet

Scar updates

Time to go home

Time to go home

Friday, May 8th 2020

Scar got some rest in a little pool and that helped him a lot. His weight is now stable and he is clearly ready to go home. Scar is active and alive. He is getting heavy and everything in his behaviour shows that he is ready to go. And he will, tomorrow....

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Two steps forward...

Two steps forward...

Friday, April 24th 2020

Two steps forward but one step back. Exactly one month later there is news about Scar. He is doing better but is not there yet. He is using his flipper more and is enjoying a big outdoor pool but suddenly he lost some weight and so he's back inside.  

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Improvement!

Improvement!

Friday, March 27th 2020

Another two weeks have passed and new x-rays have been taken. The vets did see some improvement and we are so happy with that! Scar is not using his flipper very much yet but he is eating well and behaving like a normal seal. 

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No news, good news?

No news, good news?

Friday, March 13th 2020

After another two weeks of treatment, the latest x-rays taken from Scar's flipper showed no changes. That was not what was hoped for but the situation has not deteriorated further either. It was therefore decided to extend the treatment.

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Not looking good

Not looking good

Wednesday, February 12th 2020

The new X-rays have been made and have been forwarded to experienced radiologists for their expert judgment. Because Scar is still not using his front flap properly and the veterinarians have discovered signs of bone inflammation

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New X-rays coming up

New X-rays coming up

Wednesday, February 12th 2020

Scar is not moving his front flipper properly yet and it has been decided that new X-rays will be made on Monday. There was nothing to be seen on the previous photos and hopefully new photos can provide more clarity this time.

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What's up?

What's up?

Maandag, 3 februari 2020

After the first few days Scar has recovered well from the entanglement, which didn’t make deep wounds but now he doesn't want to use his left front flipper and that worries us because usualy means the flipper is painful.

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Entangled!

Entangled!

Friday, January 31st 2020

This young grey seal was found on Schiermonnikoog by EHBZ-er Teun Talsma. He became entangled, possibly in the lines of a standing wall net and could be that in his attempts to come loose he became even more entangled.

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