A YOUNG injured seal is in RSPCA care after being found on a Gower beach.
A member of the public spotted the grey seal in distress at Caswell Bay on Saturday (24 October) at around 3pm and contacted the RSPCA. It is thought the young mammal – around six to eight weeks old – was likely to have been attacked by another seal.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector (DCI) Julie Fadden attended the location and met the caller who had stayed near the seal pup on the beach as they didn’t want any other people or dogs going near him and disturbing him.
DCI Fadden was then assisted by RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Ellie West.
ACO West said: “He was very thin with various infected puncture wounds on him and one nasty deep wound to his flank. These are most likely to have been caused by a cow or bull seal.
“I tube fed him with rehydrating fluids and his wounds were cleaned. I then transferred him to RSPCA’s West Hatch Wildlife Centre where he will continue his rehabilitation.”
Sadly this seal was found injured and was in a thin body condition – and will stay in our care for some months until ready to be released back into the wild.
This pup was obviously in distress but not all lone seal pups have been abandoned. If you find a seal pup that looks fit and healthy and shows no signs of distress monitor it first from a safe distance for 24 hours. Please don’t touch seal pups (as they can give a nasty bite) and keep dogs and other animals away from them.
If the mother does not return within 24 hours, or you think that the pup is sick or injured – please keep a safe distance and call our 24-hour advice and cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).