Uno was rescued on 3rd September 2015
Uno was the first grey seal pup rescue of the 2015/16 season in Cornwall mainland.

On 3rd September 2015 a one day old female seal pup with a white coat and a pink umbilicus was reported to British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) by Sue Sayer and Kate Hockley of Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) during a routine monitoring session.
Uno - photos by Sue Sayer and Kev Metcalfe  of the Cornish Seal Group
photos by Sue Sayer and Kev Metcalfe  of the Cornish Seal Group They were concerned by the pup´s abnormal behaviour, as it was searching for her mum all over the beach and in the sea whilst howling and attempting to suckle sand, seaweed any rocks.

As a result she had sore patches under both her fore flippers and a tiny pink worn bald patch developing under her chin.
Sue and Kate enlisted two volunteers - John Eddy and Katie Bowdler, members of Looe Marine Conservation Group, to monitor the pup in the hope that the pup´s mum would return to feed her of the next few hours.

Sadly this did not happen and the difficult decision was taken to rescue the pup.
photos by Sue Sayer and Kev Metcalfe  of the Cornish Seal Group
photos by Sue Sayer and Kev Metcalfe  of the Cornish Seal Group Chris Howell, Safety Man, and Dan Jarvis, a member of the Sanctuary´s Animal Care Team, Adam Amel from the National Trust, CSGRT and the BDMLR, abseiled down the cliff face and rescued the pup from the secluded beach in West Cornwall.

The rescue coordinators were Dave & Lesley Jarvis and Kevin Metcalfe from BDMLR.
Click here to see a selection of photos of the seal pup on the beach were taken by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Team and the Looe Marine Conservation Group.

© Photos left & above of Uno courtesy of the CSGRT.

A Special Thank You to Sue Sayer from the CSGRT for giving us such a detailed report of the rescue.
photos by Sue Sayer and Kev Metcalfe  of the Cornish Seal Group
Uno The pup was transported to the Seal Sanctuary by Dave & Lesley Jarvis members of the BDMLR team.

Upon arrival at the Seal Sanctuary, members of the Animal Care Team carried out a full assessment of the pup and found her umbilicus was still intact and she weighed 14kg.

Uno was given 24 hours of fluids before starting on a milk substitute and is now transitioning onto fish which she loves!
Update - 1st October 2015 : That challenge is now to get Uno to feed herself! She is still in the hospital at the moment until she puts on a few more kilos and then will be moving to the nursery pools.

Update - 25th October 2015 : Uno is currently in the hospital´s pen number 2, she weighs 14kgs. This photo was taken on 23rd October 2015.   Click here to see a larger version of this photo of Uno.

Uno´s flipper tag number 50 (blue).
Uno
Uno Update - 30th November 2015 : Uno is now in the outside convalescent pool for her final stage of rehabilitation and learning how to compete for fish during feeding time with other rescued seal pups and resident adult seals.

Update - 1st January 2016 : This photo of Uno in the convalescent pool was taken on 27th December 2015.

Click here to see a larger version of this.
Update - 6th February 2016 : Uno along with Kerplunk, Boggle, Jenga, Euchre and Checkers were released back to the wild on 4th February 2016 at Gwithian.

Click here to watch a video of the seal release by Pirate FM Radio.
Seal Release - 4th February 2016
Uno - Photo by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust Update - 2nd April 2016 : With great excitement amongst the members of Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) when the first two 2015/16 rehabbed seals. Uno was sighted back in the wild on 31st March 2016 and Kerplunk on 18th February 2016 - ironically the first two that were rescued - that´s never happened before! Click here to read more.

© Photo left of Uno was taken by Sue Sayer. Click here to see a larger photo of this.
Update - 1st October 2016 : Uno has also been spotted in the wild on 31st March 2016, 19th May 2016, 24th & 28th June 2016, 22nd & 25th August 2016 and 12th September 2016.


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