Petunia arrived on 13th February 2011
The Sanctuary receive a phone call about a seal at Mawgan Porth at Newquay. The pup was unresponsive on the beach and was quickly picked up by the BDMLR and transported to the Sanctuary.

The pup arrived at the hospital and the first thing that was notice was this pup had a flipper tag on the back right flipper, this was a blue tag number 41, and she had a scar around her neck. The Animal Care Team checked the pup rescue and release records from 2009/2010 rescue season and found this pup to be Petunia (last year´s names were based on Harry Potter), she was quickly put in to an isolation pen and started on a drip.

Photo (right) of Petunia was taken by Faye Archell of the BDMLR.
Petunia - photo by Faye Archell of BDMLR
The drip contains vital fluids, put straight into the pup, rather then giving her these fluids via a stomach tube. While the drip was doing it´s job the Animal Care Team gave a clinical assessment and found her to have no injuries which was good news. The Animal Care Team spent the next 8 hours sitting with Petunia making sure the drip did not come out and out around 4.30am in the morning Petunia started to respond to treatment. The next few days were going to be critical due to her condition on arrival.
Petunia Thankfully the Team did an outstanding job and within a week Petunia was feeling a lot better and could be moved through to the main hospital.

Update: 21st February 2011 - Petunia has now progressed to the nursery pools and is sharing a pen with Dash.

When Petunia was rescued last year, she was already one year´s old, now she is two, but we hope this will be the last time that Petunia will need the help of the expert and dedicated staff at the Sanctuary.   Photo (left) of Petunia in the nursery pool.
Update: 4th March 2011 - Petunia is doing well and now in the Convalescent Pool fighting for her fish.

Photo right of Petunia was taken by Simon Bone on 23rd February 2011.
Petunia - photo taken by Simon Bone
Petunia Update: 4th April 2011 - Petunia will be released back into the wild on 7th April 2011, click here to read her press release.

Update: 9th April 2011 - Petunia along with Hopper, Dash and Splash were released back into the wild on 7th April 2011. Click here to watch the BBC news coverage of Petunia´s release.
Update: 29th February 2020 - Petunia was spotted at local haul-outs along the coast of Cornwall by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust on:-

28th August 2011, 5th September 2011, 6th November 2011, 1st December 2011, 3rd March 2012, 19th April 2012, 23rd July 2012, 5th, 12th & 23rd September 2012, 13th & 23rd March 2013, 27th April 2013, 14th & 20th September 2013, 15th October 2013, 19th October 2013,

Photo right of Petunia was taken by Sue Sayer* on 6th November 2011.
Petunia - Photo by Sue Sayer
Petunia - Photo by Sue Sayer on 12th September 2016 10th & 27th February 2014, 29th September 2014, 2nd October 2014, 3rd November 2014, 2nd April 2015, 9th November 2015, 8th January 2016, 12th September 2016, 19th & 22nd December 2016, 16th & 23rd March 2017, 3rd April 2017, 18th September 2017, 11th January 2018, 26th March 2018, 9th April 2018, 30th June 2018 and 28th February 2019, 22nd & 26th August 2019, 3rd & 24th October 2019, 9th & 12th December 2019, 9th, 13th, 23rd & 30th January 2020 and 6th February 2020.

Photo left of Petunia looking very pregnant was taken by Sue Sayer* on 12th September 2016.
*Sue is a member of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust who identifies and monitors around the Cornish coastline.