Our wildlife centre, already full to the brim with seal pups orphaned by a tidal surge in Norfolk, is continuing to be under pressure with more casualties coming in.

Seal pup © RSPCAOur East Winch Wildlife Centre in Kings Lynn had 108 seal pups in its care after a tidal surge in December. More than it had ever dealt with at any one time in its 25 year history. As they were so young and reliant on a mother’s care, they needed hand feeding and round-the-clock supervision to survive.

Nearly two months on, the centre is still far from out of the woods. 93 pups remain in the centres’ care, many still in need of intensive care, and a steady trickle of poorly youngsters continue to be brought to the centre.

Over 40 seals in intensive care

Alison Charles, centre manager, said:

“We are in for the long haul with this one – it is going to take some months to get these pups fighting fit and ready to be released back to the wild.


“Many of the pups are doing really well and are now feeding for themselves and swimming in the outside  pools, but there are still over 40 in our intensive care.


“I am so proud of my poor staff, who have been working until after midnight every night) and for so many weeks – it feels relentless at times.


“But it is all worth it when you see how well some of the pups are coming along. We just need to keep on going until they are all out of intensive care and making a good recovery.”

Many of the seals need another three months of care

Seal pups being fed © RSPCAIt could take another three months until these seals are ready to be released back to the wild again.

A crisis appeal launched to help the seals in December received a fantastic response. Many of the practical donations have been sent in – from liquidisers to dog bowls to measuring jugs.

However, with the cost of feeding each of the 91 seals estimated at £22 a week, and each animal expected to need up to five months of rehabilitation, donations are still very much needed.

We can’t do it without you

We can only care for animals like this with your help. If you want to help the seals continue their rehabilitation journey please visit our special seal appeal page.

The 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:

  • Sachets of Lectade (large animal)
  • Pestle and mortar
  • Deck scrub brushes (Salmon make)
  • An industrial dishwasher
  • Squeegies
  • Vileda sponge mops X2
  • Large Vari kennels
  • Milk, tea, coffee and sugar to keep the staff and volunteers going

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