AN injured seal pup – possibly bitten by a dog – has been rescued by the RSPCA.
The RSPCA was called about the young pup by a member of the public who found the female seal at the back of a beach near a public footpath at Rhosneigr, Anglesey.
RSPCA inspector Mike Pugh said: “The seal – who is probably around three weeks old – was found to have some infected wounds. She also had a slight nasal discharge. She may possibly have been bitten by a dog, due to the type of puncture wounds she had.
“Despite her injuries she was otherwise bright, and has been transferred to a facility where she will receive treatment and rehabilitation.”
Grey seal breeding seasons can differ given the geographical location; in Wales the season is typically August to November.
Inspector Pugh added: “It is now the time of the year when new born grey seal pups can be found on the beaches and our message to the public and their dogs is to stay away. People should not interfere with a seal on a beach. Dog walkers should also be vigilant if they walk their dogs near seal hotspots.”
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).