Chilli was rescued on 8th September 2022

Chilli, a female grey seal pup, was rescued on 8th September 2022 from Kynance Cove by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.

After 24 hours of observations on the beach by the BDMLR medics and no sign of mum, Chilli was brought into the Sanctuary´s hospital.

She had some bite wounds around her eyes but luckily the eyes themselves were not damaged. Chilli was underweight, exhausted and very frightened. Following an assessment by the Head & Head Vets in Helston, she was prescribed antibiotics and eye drops. Also regular cleaning of her umbilicus.

© Photos Credit : Chris Webber - BDMLR
Chilli - Photo Credit - Chris Webber - BDMLRChilli - Photo Credit - Chris Webber - BDMLR
Update - 24th September 2022 : Chilli has now finished her course of treatment and has been weaned onto fish, although she is yet to learn to feed for herself. She is having short swims throughout the day to help to build up her muscles and encourage interest in feeding herself on the fish left in her hospital pen.

These photos were taken on the 23rd of September 2022.
Update - 24th October 2022 : Chilli is in the nursery pool number 4 for her next stage of rehabilitation.   This means she is on the road to recovery and ready to now mix with other seal pups, as well have a deeper pool to swim in.

Pups in the nursery pools will be learning how to behave in the wild, interacting with other seals and also competing for their fish, which are all vital skills they will need when they are released back out into the wild.

Her flipper tag ID number is SL146 (white).

These photos below were taken on the 23rd of October 2022.
Update - 27th November 2022 : Chilli has now recovered from her rehabilitation at the Seal Sanctuary and is at the perfect weight of 30kg to be ready to thrive in the wild!   She will be released in the next few weeks.

These photo below were taken on the 25th of November 2022 in the rehabilitation pool.
Update - 1st December 2022 : It is always a good day when the Animal Care Team return the rescued seal pups back into the wild where they belong, but at the same time it is a bit emotional saying goodbye after being with them for the past 2-3 months.   Chilli along with Peri Peri, Sabine, Splodge, Star Anise, Wedgie and Zimt were loaded in the Sanctuary´s trailer and drove them to Carbis Bay beach for the release on 30th November 2022.

Photos Credit - Denise Gent - British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR)
Seal Release - 30th November 2022 - Photo Credit - Denise Gent - BDMLRSeal Release - 30th November 2022 - Photo Credit - Denise Gent - BDMLR