Stardust was rescued on 27th September 2014
On 27th September 2014 the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team (BDMLR) received a call in the morning from a member of the public about a pup alone on a beach.

Dave Jarvis of the BDMLR contacted Sue Sayer and Kate Hockley, members of the BDMLR and Cornwall Seal Group (CSG), he asked them to go to the beach at Gwithian to check on the pup. Sue and Kate went along with Emma from the National Trust but couldn´t find the pup, the haul trail showed it had returned to the sea.
Stardust
Later that day the Cornish Seal Sanctuary received a call about this pup. The Sanctuary´s staff arranged for members of the BDMLR team to check on the pup as they were nearer to Gwithian beach.
Stardust This time Sue and Kate returned to the beach and were met by members of the public who had reported the pup and showed them where it was.

Although the pup had no visible injuries, there had been no sightings of her mum, the pup was so hungry she was found suckling on the rocks, which has given her a sore muzzle.

© Photos left & above of Stardust courtesy of the CSG.

This is the first rescued seal pup of 2014/15 season.
Stardust, a 4 days old female whitecoat pup, was transported to the seal rescue hospital where she was put immediately into one of the isolation pens; she weighed 11.5kgs.

The brilliant Animal Care Team started the process of rehabilitation.

This year the chosen theme is Super Heroes! And once the team see each new arrival, they have a pretty good idea which name belongs to which pup.

Click here to see a larger photos of Stardust being rescued.
Photo of Stardust
Update - 12th October 2014 : Stardust has progressed from milk feeds every four hours to now being taught how to eat fish. Most pups struggle with this transmission but Stardust has never refused to eat!

Stardust´s next challenge is to feed herself! The team are filling her pool for short periods of time through the day to allow her to practice swimming and chasing fish, although she easily tires and has to have her pool drained so she can rest, ready for the next feed!
Stardust - Photo taken on 25th October 2014 Update - 26th October 2014 : Stardust is currently in hospital pen number 2 and currently weighs 12.5kgs. The Animal Care Team are throwing fish into her pool to try to teach her to catch her own fish and feed herself, but she is a bit slow at this and is still being force fed with fish.

Click here to see a larger version of this photo taken on 25th October 2014.   Click here to watch a short video of the rescued seal pups, Stardust, Wonder Woman, Quicksilver and Mickie, in the main hospital.
Update - 28th November 2014 : Stardust is now the outside nursery pool No. 3 and chasing fish but not feeding on his own just yet! Just give him a few days, he will get the hang of catching the fish.
Stardust´s flipper tag number is 031.

Update - 1st January 2015 : Photo right of Stardust was taken on 28th December 2014 in the convalescent pool. Click here to see a larger version of this photo.
Stardust - Photo taken on 28th December 2014
Stardust in the convalescent pool Update - 31st March 2015 : Stardust is currently in the convalescent pool and putting on lots of weight.

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Update - 12th April 2015 : Stardust was released back into the wild along with Iceman, Felix, Mystique, Batman, She-Ra and Echo on 8th April 2015 at Gwithian.
Update - 1st May 2015 : Stardust was spotted at a local haul-out along the coast of Cornwall by members of the Cornwall Seal Group on 23rd, 27th & 30th April 2015.

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.


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