A 3 Seal Success Story!

Three malnourished seals that we rescued back in October 2023 have now been released back into the wild after one hell of a journey.

Penne, Spaghetti Bolognese and Gnocchi (originally Vizsla, Rottweiler and Basset at the Cornwall Seal Hospital) were initially rescued in Cornwall:

  • Vizsla was uplifted on 25th October 2023 from Portreath. She was only 16kg and very lethargic with some minor injuries
  • Rottweiler was rescued on 28th October 2023 from Porthgwarra at 14.4kg – he was also underweight and had some minor wounds
  • Bassett was found at Porthmeor St Ives on 29th October 2023, also at 16kg

Due to a lack of rehab space in the South West and an overwhelming number of seal pups in need of help, it was decided to transfer them to the RSPCA Mallydams Wildlife Centre in Hastings, East Sussex for the rest of their rehabilitation.

Luckily, George at Coepilot stepped in to help and offered to fly the pups over to the East by plane!

The pups were transferred to the airport by car and loaded onto the plane as precious cargo. The flight lasted approximately 1 hour 30 minutes before they landed safely at Lydd airport and transported on to Mallydams.

Over the two months spent there, the seals gained over 30kg of weight each, weighing 42kg, 55kg and 59kg respectively on the day of release!

Now all at healthy weights and their injuries/wounds recovered, they were transported (this time via van) back to the South West to be released back into the wild.

We’d like to say a huge thanks to Coepilot, Civil Air Support, our BDMLR Cornwall Seal Hospital, RSPCA Mallydams Wildlife Centre and of course our BDMLR Medics for making this happen!