The Scottish SPCA is currently caring for a young seal pup who was rescued on the shore of Tayvallich last Thursday (12 July).
We were alerted to the seal after a concerned member of the public spotted him whilst out on a walk. The seal, called Alex by our wildlife team, is currently being cared for at their National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Alloa.
Inspector Yvonne Inglis said, “Every year we care for over 100 seal pups rescued from all over Scotland.
“Seal rescues this far north can be particularly difficult as so many factors come in to play, including securing transport!
“I was exceptionally grateful to receive support from Mark from Marine Concern, and his daughter Tierney, who helped me ensure Alex had enough fluids before taking on the journey to our centre.”
Centre Manager Colin Seddon added, “Alex is currently doing well and is being fed on a diet of liquidised fish which is being fed by syringe and tube.
“We’ll move him on to solid fish once he’s a bit older and will continue to monitor his weight before releasing him back into the wild at a carefully chosen site.”
Mark Carter from Marine Concern said, “Thanks to the folk in Tayvallich who took the correct action when finding a potentially stranded/abandoned seal, they tracked down help, kept away and observed. Seals can bite; they can carry pathogens, which may adversely affect dogs and humans.
“The sub-species of Common Seal found in Scottish waters is the European Harbour Seal along with the other resident, the Atlantic/Grey Seal they are under increasing pressure from a variety of different problems manmade and natural, many seal pups fail to see adulthood.
“Scottish seals account for a large proportion of the Global numbers for these two species, we have an obligation to safeguard them and they are protected under the European Habitats Directive. As top-end predators, they are great ecosystem indicators, meaning if the seals are doing well then usually, the marine ecosystem in that area is doing well".
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.