Morgan Freeman was rescued on 11th November 2023

Morgan Freeman, a 6 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on the 11th of November 2023 from Porthgwidden Beach in St Ives by Tash and Alison, volunteer marine mammals medics, from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).

The pup was found with a high temperature of 38.9C and what looked like a bad injury to the left rear flipper, scratches on the belly around the umbilical cord area, quite lethargic but with a weight of 21kg.

A decision was made to rescue the pup and take him 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 22nd of November 2023.
Photo Credit : Alison Davey - BDMLR
BDMLR - Photo credit - Alison Davey
Update - 4th December 2023 : This photo of Morgan below was taken in the hospital just before he was moved outside to the nursery pools.

His flipper tag ID number is SL266 (yellow).
Morgan Freeman
Update - 10th December 2023 : Morgan is now in the outside nursery and rehabilitation pools, this means he is on the road to recovery and mixing with other seal pups, also has a deeper pool to swim in.   Pups in the outside 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.

Photos credit - George Tyrone Deacon - BDMLR
Morgan Freeman - Photo credit - George Tyrone DeaconMorgan Freeman - Photo credit - George Tyrone Deacon
Update - 5th January 2024 : Morgan along with Zac Efron 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 4th of January 2024 at Kennack Sands.