Basil Fawlty was rescued on 4th December 2011
On the 4th December 2011 the Sanctuary received a call from Dan (a member of the Animal Care Team) who was on a day off, to say he was heading out to a stranded dolphin in Veryna with members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).

While he was dealing with that incident we received a call about a seal on Perranporth beach and as members of the BDMLR team were close by, we asked them to head over while we finished our morning schedule of feeding pups in the hospital and cleaning out pools.
Basil Fawlty
A phone call from Dan and information from the BDMLR medics, we found out that the pup was malnourished and would need to come in to the Sanctuary. Wayne our site manager headed out with cage and kit to pick the pup up from a garage near Truro, so that the BDMLR team could head out to the dolphin stranding. After getting the pup safely transferred Wayne headed back to the Sanctuary where members of the Animal Care Team were busy preparing an isolation pen.

The pup on arrival had a very obvious injury as its head was twice the size it should be, and had possibly suffered some kind of head trauma. The pup was weighed and found to be 17.5 kilos malnourished at 10 weeks old, a small puncture wound to belly and a swollen mouth and lips, but thankfully all teeth intact. Due to the faulty head wound has been named Basil Fawlty.
Basil Fawlty on 28th December 2011 Update: 7th December 2011 - Basil is doing well and the swelling has now gone down and looks more like a normal seal.

Update: 1st January 2012 - Photo left of Basil Fawlty was taken in the nursery pool on 28th December 2011; Click here to see further photos.

Basil was moved to the convalescent pool on 30th December 2011, he currently weighs 26 kilos.     Basil Fawlty´s flipper tag number is 23 (green).
Update: 6th February 2012 - Basil Fawlty was released back into the wild at Gwithian beach on 3rd February 2012 along Lola Bella, Zara Phillips, Boudicca, Sapphire and Blue Topaz.

Photo right of Basil Fawlty was taken by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group during the release.
Photo of Basil Fawlty was taken by Sue Sayer
Seal Release on 3rd February 2012 - photos by Daniel Murphy Photo left of the pups coming out of the trailer was taken by Daniel Murphy.
Click here to see a collage of Daniel´s photos taken during the release
of the seal pups.

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