Rupert was rescued by the RSPCA and transferred to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for his final stage of rehabilitation and then release back into the wild.

Rupert was first rescued by the RSPCA and taken to their East Winch centre for rehabilitation and released back into the wild off the coast of Wales. He was re-rescued at Bude, malnourished and then transferred to Gweek (orange flipper tag number 61836).
Chomp and Shawn on the off!Update: 19th December 2008 - Rupert along with Shawn and Chomp were released back into the wild on the 17th December 2008 at Godrevy. Chomp with Shawn and Rupert
Update: 8th November 2019 - Rupert was spotted at local haul-outs along the north coast of Cornwall by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) on 7th February 2009, 25th March 2009, 29th March 2009,
20th April 2009, 14th October 2009, 23rd April 2010, 27th October 2010, 27th February 2011, 18th & 28th April 2011, 28th August 2011, 5th September 2011, 5th November 2011, 19th March 2012, 14th September 2012, 13th May 2013, 28th April 2014, 7th May 2015, 31st March 2016, 9th February 2017, 13th March 2017, 3rd & 6th April 2017, 15th May 2017, 9th November 2017, 4th December 2017, 22nd January 2018, 12th & 23rd April 2018, 10th May 2018, 20th August 2018, 4th October 2018 and 17th October 2019.

Photo (right) was taken by Sue Sayer of the CSGRT* on 25th March 2009.
Photo of Rupert was taken by Sue Sayer (
*Members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify, carry out surveys, monitor and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast.