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. We checked our 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: 20th October 2013 - Petunia was spotted at a local haul-out along the north coast of Cornwall on 28th August 2011, 5th September 2011,
5th 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 and 19th October 2013 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group.

Photo right of Petunia was taken by Sue Sayer on 6th November 2011. Sue is a member of the Seal Group who identifies and monitors around the Cornish coastline.
Petunia - Photo by Sue Sayer
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