Francis arrived on 22nd October 2010
We received a call from a member of the public about a seal pup at Newquay on the 22nd of October 2010. The pup was picked up by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team and brought to the Sanctuary.

The pup has now been named Francis is a little boy around five weeks old and weighing just 12 kilos, was given a full clinical assessment at the Sanctuary. Unfortunately this pup had broken a digit in his rear flippers. A course of antibiotics and a visit from our vet and Francis was booked in for surgery. A few days later the broken bone was removed and Francis is doing well and is now eating fish for himself.
Francis Update: 13th November 2010 - Francis is in the main hospital pen number two and putting on weight slowly but ripping up his fish.

Update: 28th November 2010 - Francis is now in the outside nursery pool 2 with Dory. He is doing really well and learning to compete for fish with Dory.
Francis's flipper tag number is 012 (white).
Update: 1st January 2011 - Photo right of Francis was taken in the convalescent pool on 29th December 2010.    Click here to see further photos.

Update: 8th February 2011 - Francis currently weighs 38 kilos.

Update: 4th March 2011 - Francis is a very large seal and one of the ones ready to be released back into the wild, unfortunately he does have a little eye problem but is receiving treatment for it.
Francis - 29th December 2010
Back to the wild Update: 23rd March 2011 - Francis along with Billy, Guido, Poppy, Ugg and Teddy were released back into the wild at Porthtowan on 22nd March 2011.
Update: 6th November 2011 - Francis was seen by members of the Cornwall Seal Group* at local haul-out site along the north coast of Cornwall on 5th November 2011.
Photo right was taken by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group.

*Members of the Cornwall Seal Group volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast.
Francis - Photo by Sue Sayer
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