09.12.13

Today we launched a crisis appeal to support the East Winch Wildlife Centre which is caring for more than 100 orphaned seal pups following the recent floods on the Norfolk coast.

Seal pup © RSPCA

It costs £22 a week to feed each seal, with pups expected to require up to five months of rehabilitation after being separated from their mothers by last week’s tidal surge.

The wildlife centre, in Norfolk, is at full capacity with the young pups – many still less than three weeks old – which washed up along the coast following the recent storms.

Staff and volunteers have now begun the mammoth task of rehabilitating the grey seal pups, which were rescued by our inspectors, with the aim of returning them to the wild.

To donate now and help us with the seals, please text SEAL01 followed by how much you would like to donate to 70070 (eg. SEAL01 £3). Texts cost your chosen amount and one standard network rate message.

The seal pups would have starved to death

Alison Charles, manager of our East Winch Wildlife Centre, said:

“We have never had a seal rescue project on a scale as big as this before.

 

“If it wasn’t for us, these seal pups would starve to death. But we really need the public’s help because without their donations we simply couldn’t do what we do.

 

“This couldn’t have happened at a worse time for the seals. We are at the height of the grey seal pupping season which means most of these poor seals should still be dependent on their mother’s milk.

 

“Christmas hasn’t been too kind to these seals so far, but hopefully the public’s generosity will bring them a little bit of festive cheer.”

The centre still needs many other items

Seal pups at East Winch © RSPCAThe centre is also appealing for a number of practical items used by centre staff to rehabilitate the seal pups. These can be taken directly to RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre at Station Road, East Winch, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1NR. These include:

  • Industrial liquidiser
  • Industrial dishwasher
  • 1 and 2 litre plastic measuring jugs
  • Washing up bowls for seals to drink from
  • Stainless steel dog bowls to warm feeds in
  • Calf matting to keep the seals comfortable and warm
  • Large sachets of Lectade
  • Knee pads and cushioned kneelers used by staff during feeding times
  • Scrubbing brushes, deck brooms and handles
  • Milton tablets to sterilise funnels after feeding
  • Milk, tea, coffee and sugar to keep the staff and volunteers going

The centre does not need any more towels following a recent successful appeal.

We can’t do it without you

To donate now and help us with the seals, please text SEAL01 followed by how much you would like to donate to 70070 (eg. SEAL01 £3). Texts cost your chosen amount and one standard network rate message.

You can also donate to the appeal by calling our 24 hour donation line on 0300 123 8181 or visiting our Seal Appeal donation page.