Deadly Nightshade, Scarlet, Snowdrop and Triffid
arrived on 20th December 2009


These pups were rescued by members of the BDMLR team and taken to the RSPCA´s West Hatch Wildlife Centre for treatment during November/December 2009. The pups were transferred to the National Seal Sanctuary on Sunday 20th December 2009 for their next stage of rehabilitation and to learn to compete for fish with other seals and then finally being released back into the wild.

RSPCA have chosen to name their pups after wild flowers and plants this year.
Snowdrop (orange flipper tag number 80006) a little girl rescued on the 7th November 2009 from Westward HO! in Devon, she was a little whitecoat who had been abandoned by her mother malnourished weighing only 13 kilos and had a few wounds to her flippers.

Update: 24th January 2010 - Snowdrop now weighs 28kgs.

Update: 28th February 2010 -
Click here to see photos of Snowdrop taken on 27th February 2010 in the convalescent pool.

Update: 24th April 2010 - Snowdrop was released back to the wild on 13th April 2010 at Gwithian.

Update: 22nd October 2017 - Snowdrop was spotted at a local haul-out along the north coast of Cornwall on 19th March 2011, 13th May 2011, 30th June 2011, 2nd July 2011, 5th September 2011, 5th November 2011, 10th November 2011, 4th June 2012, 30th June 2012, 19th July 2012, 20th July 2012, 30th July 2012, 30th August 2012, 13th, 19th & 24th October 2012, 31st January 2013, 3rd February 2013, 1st, 12th, 25th & 27th April 2013, 2nd & 13th May 2013, 1st July 2013, 9th, 10th & 19th October 2013, 9th January 2014, 7th February 2014, 7th March 2014, 8th September 2014, 18th September 2014, 2nd April 2015, 11th & 18th February 2016, 24th March 2016, 28th December 2016, 9th February 2017, 11th September 2017 and 5th October 2017 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust*.
Scarlet (orange flipper tag number 80001) a little girl rescued on the 11th November 2009 from Perranporth, she had wounds to her body and weighed only 17 kilos and was around 4 weeks old.

Update: 24th January 2010 - Scarlet now weighs 31kg.

Update: 1st March 2010 - Scarlet was released back into the wild on 18th February 2010 at Porthtowan.

Update: 22nd April 2012 - Scarlet was spotted at a local haul-out along the north coast of Cornwall on 24th January 2011, 19th & 21st February 2011, 12th September 2011, 19th September 2011, 1st December 2011 and 19th April 2012 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust*.
Deadly Nightshade (orange flipper tag number 80002) also a little girl rescued on the 15th November 2009 from Gwithian near Hayle, she was a post moult pup at around 6 weeks old, malnourished weighing only 15 kilos and wounds to flipper, body and mouth.

Update: 24th January 2010 - Deadly Nightshade was released back into the wild on 22nd January 2010.

Triffid (orange flipper tag number 80005) is a little boy and was rescued on the 16th November 2009 from Padstow. He is post moult around 6 weeks old, was rescue due to malnourishment weighing only 15 kilos, wounds that were infected and a slight cough.

Update: 24th January 2010 - Triffid now weighs 36kg.

Update: 1st March 2010 -
Triffid was released back into the wild on 18th February 2010 at Porthtowan.

Update: 10th October 2013 - Triffid was spotted at a local haul-out along the north coast of Cornwall on 24th & 29th September 2010, 19th February 2011, 27th February 2011, 17th March 2011, 28th August 2011, 5th September 2011, 24th November 2011, 21st April 2012, 23rd August 2013 and 9th October 2013 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust*.
*Members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast, especially at pup time!

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