Cherub was rescued on 4th October 2020
Cherub, 2-3 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 4th October 2020 after Storm Alex from Mexico Towans in Hayle by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.

He was exhausted after the storm and had a high temperature and a respiratory infection. He was cared for by BDMLR whilst a space was available for him at the Sanctuary´s hospital in Gweek.

Photo Credit : Lizzi Larbalestier (BDMLR)
Cherub - Photo credit : Lizzi Larbalestier (BDMLR)
Cherub - Photo by Animal Care Team Update - 15th October 2020 : Cherub is already feeling much better now but still needs to finish his course of antibiotics.

He is currently learning how to feed himself in the water to get ready to move outside to the rehab pools.
Update - 31st October 2020 : Cherub is now in the outside nursery pools with other rescued seal pups for his next stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish during feeding time. He weighs 21.5kgs.

His flipper ID tag number is SL107 (green).

Click here to see a larger version of this and further photos taken on 30th October 2020.
Seal Release - 27th November 2020 Update - 30th November 2020 : Cherub along with Honey, Liz and Empanada have completed their rehabilitation and were successfully released back to the sea on 27th November 2020!

The team took them to Dollar Cove, where all 4 pups went (almost) straight into the sea. A very smooth release, and now they can continue their lives, thriving in their natural habitat.
Update - 10th May 2021 : Cherub has been spotted at a seal colony along the coast of Cornwall on 27th April 2021 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT).

Members of the CSGRT volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify, carry out surveys, monitor and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast.

Each seal´s fur pattern is unique and enables the CSGRT volunteers track them for life. Seals face many challenges, yet we all depend on them to balance our marine ecosystem, this is essential to make the oxygen we breathe. Seals are our globally rare wildlife tourist attraction, helping diversify coastal economic prosperity.