Fiyero was rescued on 7th November 2023

Fiyero, a 4 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on the 7th of November 2023 from Porthgwarra by volunteer marine mammals medics from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).

The pup was found malnourished, very dehydrated, thin and with a big, golf-ball-sized wound on her rear left hock with a flap of skin, temperature of 37.1C and weighed 13.8kg.

A decision was made to rescue the pup and take her to the BDMLR´s seal hospital in Cornwall for initial treatment and care until a pen was available for her at the Sanctuary´s hospital at Gweek on the 17th of November 2023.
Photos Credit - Alison Davey - BDMLR
Photo credit - Alison Davey - BDMLRPhoto credit - Alison Davey - BDMLR
Update - 24th November 2023 : Fiyero is currently in the hospital and slowly putting on weight as she is underweight and malnourished.
Fiyero
Update - 9th December 2023 : Fiyero is now in the outside nursery pools, this means she is on the road to recovery and mixing with other seal pups, also has 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 SL265 (yellow).

We can safely say that Fiyero is a noisy one and absolutely loves the water!
Fiyero
These photos of Fiyero were taken on the 3rd of January 2024 in the rehabilitation pool.

Photos credit - George Tyrone Deacon - BDMLR
Fiyero - Photo credit - George Tyrone Deacon - BDMLRFiyero - Photo credit - George Tyrone Deacon - BDMLR
Update - 7th January 2024 : Fiyero is doing very well and is competing for fish during feeding time, she has put on weight - it won´t be long until she is ready for release.
Fiyero
Update - 17th January 2024 : Fiyero along with Celia Imrie have now fully recovered and are at the perfect weight of 30+kg, ready to thrive back in the wild!   They were released on the 14th of January 2024 at Dollar Cove.
Update - 29th February 2024 : Fiyero has been spotted at a seal colony along the west coast of Cornwall on 29th February 2024 by members* of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT).

Photo Credit : Sue Sayer MBE, Kate Hockley & Rhae Walter - CSGRT - 29th February 2024
Photo Credit - Sue Sayer MBE, Kate Hockley and Rhae Walter - 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.

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