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Full Media Statement – Miley the Seal.

18th May 2019

18th May 2019

We can confirm that Miley, one of our beloved resident seals has sadly passed away. Miley has been cared for over seven years by SEA LIFE, both in our Seal Rescue Centre in Hunstanton (where she was initially rescued in 2012) and then in Birmingham where she moved with her pool mate Boo this year. Her care team are deeply saddened at her passing.

Miley had a long-term digestive gut issue something that specialist vets had discovered and had treated her for previously. The initial veterinary report highlights that Miley sadly passed from natural causes connected with her gut condition. Miley also had a long-term thyroid problem, which was controlled with daily medication (hence why she could never be returned to the ocean.)

We are conducting a full investigation into the cause of Miley’s death, including an in-depth post-mortem performed by our independent veterinary consultant working with our dedicated animal care team.

If any animal passes away we take all the thorough steps to understand why and share the learnings across the SEA LIFE community. SEA LIFE places the very highest priority on the welfare of the animals which are supported by experienced animal care teams, marine biologists and world-renowned veterinary consultants.

Our animal care team are also working with vets and experts to ensure we do what is best for Miley’s mate Boo and her welfare moving forward.