A wounded seal has been taken into RSPCA care after she was found at a remote cove near Whitesands, St David’s.
The young pup had wounds to her face, neck and eye and was obviously in distress. She was found on the beach by a passer-by who contacted the RSPCA.
The rescue was carried out by RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Ellie West along with Terry Leadbetter from Welsh Marine Life Rescue.
ACO West said: “Thanks to Terry’s quad we were able to get to the seal quickly as otherwise it would have been a long walk to the cove where the seal was spotted.
“The seal was transferred to my van and I took her to RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre.
“We cleaned up her wounds, which were heavily infected, and she was started on antibiotics and pain relief straight away. The wounds are most likely to have been caused from another seal.
“Once we had finished cleaning the wounds and medicating her, we left her in the pen and filled up a water bath to which she went straight over to and had a drink – bless her!
“She then ate a fish on her own within five minutes. This seal is a real sweetie with a lot of fight for life.”
The seal will remain at the wildlife centre for rehabilitation until she is fit and ready to be released back into the wild.
ACO West added: “I’d once again like to thank Terry for his help and assistance in rescuing another injured seal. It is very much appreciated and highlights partnership working.”
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. Too many seal pups are taken into captivity because people mistakenly think they have been abandoned.
However, some pups can be separated from their mothers by storms and others may not feed properly for some reason and need help. A healthy pup looks like a big, stuffed maggot without a neck. A thin pup looks thin (but not bony) and has a visible neck, like a dog.
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 cruelty line on 0300 1234 999
Seals can have a nasty bite which will become infected by the bacteria that live in a seal’s mouth so never try to handle them. Do not allow dogs or other animals to harass a seal – it could be scared back into the water and washed out to sea by strong currents. Never put a seal pup back in the sea as it may get into difficulty.
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). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.