Sage was rescued on 2nd March 2023

Sage, a 4 months old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 2nd March 2023 from Battery rocks in Penzance by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.   She was found with respiratory breathing problems and wounds on her belly as well as a swollen back flippers.   The pup was taken to the Seal Sanctuary for treatment and rest but after an X-Ray from the vets, it was later revealed that she had a broken digit on her back left flipper which needed to be removed.

When Sage first arrived for a few days, she was on treatment where a nebulizer was placed just outside her pen in the hospital for a short time each day to help with her breathing.
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Update - 12th March 2023 : Sage´s digit was amputated by the Sanctuary´s veterinary team at Head & Head in Helston and she is currently on antibiotics to treat the infection.   Sage will have to wait a little longer for it to heal before she can have a swim again but the animal care team hope it is a speedy recovery for her!   The veterinary team have done this procedure many times and seals can adjust well to missing limbs.   There is no reason Sage will not be able to live a long and happy life in the wild once she has fully recovered.
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Update - 5th April 2023 : Sage is now eating well and her flipper is healing well. She will need to put on a little more weight, before being moved to the outside nursery pools.
Update - 16th April 2023 : Sage is doing really well and is now in the outside rehabitation pool learning how to compete for fish during feeding time and also to socialise with other seal pups.   Click here to see a larger version of these photos below which were taken on the 15th of April 2023.   Her flipper tag ID number is SL188 (white).
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Update - 22nd April 2023 : Sage was returned to the sea with two fellow pups, Liquorice and Turmeric, on 21st April 2023 at Perranuthnoe beach.   Click here to see a selection of photos.

Photo Credit (left) : Chris Webber (Freelance Photographer) - British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR)
Liquorice, Sage and Turmeric released on 21st April 2023Sage

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