Sesame was rescued on 28th December 2022

A family were out on their walk at Cadgwith Cove on a wet winter´s afternoon on the 28th of December 2022 when they spotted a young seal at the bottom of the steps on the beach, when they got a little closer, they noticed the pup looked quiet with its head tucked into his/her body. The members of the public didn´t want to walk away and not do anything so they reported a potential unwell seal to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. The supervisor arranged for Elliot and Lauren, two members of the Animal Care Team, to observe and check on the pup´s condition.

When Elliot and Lauren arrived at the cove, the members of the public who had reported the seal, pointed to where the seal was located. The team immediately walked down the steps to where the seal laid. Elliot had the towel ready to grab the seal, whilst Lauren unpacked the full assessment rescue kit bag.
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Elliot did a full assessment including giving the young pup electrolytes to rehydrate it. Some superficial wounds were found to the rear flippers, had healthy looking teeth and a good temperature, but his breathing sounded a bit ruckly. The team noticed that the seal had a green spray marking on its back to show it had been checked previously by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.
The team put the seal into a special carry bag and took it back up the steps to their vehicle which was parked in the Cadgwith Cove village.
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The team decided the pup needed to be checked out by a vet, so they contacted the Sanctuary´s local vet, Head & Head Veterinary Practice and booked an appointment on route to the CSS.

Whilst at the practice, the vet gave the pup a full assessment, took a blood sample and provided a course of antibiotics to help with the respiratory infection.

Every season the rescued seal pups are named with a theme, for this season the theme is "herbs and spices" so the pup was named Sesame by one of the Sanctuary´s Head & Head vets.
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Update - 22nd January 2023 : Sesame was moved to the outside nursery pools last week for his next stage of rehabilitation pool and to learn how to swim and compete for fish during feeding time. Once he has put on a bit more weight, he will be released back into the wild.

His flipper tag ID number is SL169 (white).

Click here to see larger versions of these photos below which were taken on 21st January 2023.
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Update - 26th February 2023 : Sesame is now in the rehabilitation pool and is slowly putting on weight, it will not be too long before he will be returned to the wild.

Click here to see larger versions of these photos below which were taken on 25th February 2023.
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Update - 7th March 2023 : The animal care team weighed Sesame on the 1st of March 2023 and found she is now 23kg. Click here to see larger versions of these photos below which were taken on 3rd March 2023.
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Update - 16th April 2023 : Sesame is currently in the nursery pool 3 and putting on weight. He currently weighs 27.5kg. Click here to see larger versions of these photos below which were taken on 15th April 2023.
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Update : Sesame along with Garlic have completed their rehabilitation and were released back into the wild on 17th April 2023 at Kennack Sands.   Click here to see larger version of these photos.
Sesame along with Garlic were released back into the wild on 17th April 2023 at Kennack Sands
Here is a short video of Sesame´s rescue, rehabilitation and release.



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