Star Anise was rescued on 6th October 2022

Star Anise, a 4 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 6th October 2022 from Bude by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.

The pup was found with a few infected bite wounds to his flippers and was very skinny.

Photo Credit : Paul Willshire - BDMLR
He was taken to one of the BDMLR´s holding facilities for initial treatment and care until a pen was made available for his at the Sanctuary´s hospital on 17th October 2022.
Update - 24th October 2022 : Star Anise is still on medication for a swollen front right flipper, a small ulcer in his eye and a tiny rasp in the chest. However, he is doing really well and the animal care team says Star Anise is the noisiest pup in the hospital. Star Anise loves fish! He currently weighs 21.5kg.   His flipper tag ID number is SL153 (white).

These photos below were taken on 23rd October 2022 in the hospital pen number 4.
Update - 27th November 2022 : Star Anise has now recovered from his rehabilitation at the Seal Sanctuary and is at the perfect weight to be ready to thrive in the wild!   He will be released in the next few weeks once the weather improves. Click here to see a larger version of these photos below taken on 25th 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.

Star Anise along with Chilli, Peri Peri, Sabine, Splodge, 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)
Update - 21st March 2024 : Star Anise was seen at a haul-out along the west coast of Cornwall on 23rd and 27th January 2023, 16th February 2023, 9th March 2023, 29th February 2024 and 11th & 21st March 2024 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) volunteers who spend hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast.

Photo Credit - Sue Sayer MBE - CSGRT - 16th February 2023
Star Anise
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.