> Double Trouble – Two 2-week old Harbour Seals arrive at National Wildlife Rescue Centre
Double Trouble – Two 2-week old Harbour Seals arrive at National Wildlife Rescue Centre
The Scottish SPCA is currently caring for two harbour seal pups that arrived in their care this week.
We cared for 177 seal pups last year, and 2018 is proving to be another busy year for injured and abandoned seals.
Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “A two week old male seal pup arrived into our care on Monday after being discovered alone and distressed on the coast of Eigg.
“He was very dehydrated when he first arrived and is still a long way from being fully recovered but he’ll receive round the clock care here at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.
“Another two week old pup arrived on Tuesday after being flown down from Eriskay where she was spotted alone by a concerned member of the public.
“She was flown to Glasgow by Logan Air before being transported to our wildlife centre. She’s much brighter than her male companion but harbour seals are very vulnerable so we imagine she’ll be in our care for around three months.”
Colin continued, “As these two are about the same age and both arrived off the west coast, we’ll be rearing them together with the hope of releasing them at the same time when they are fit and well.
“Logan Air are running a competition to let the public help choose names for this double act. Due to the large number of seals we receive at our centre in Alloa every year, we always choose a theme for their names. This year its Disney or Pixar characters so we’re looking forward to seeing what the public choose.
“It’s not all fun and games when it comes to rehabilitating seals. They are quite feisty animals by nature and can give a nasty bite if you’re not careful. We urge members of the public to be cautious if they discover a seal that looks distressed, and call our animal helpline from a safe distance.”
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.
Learn more about our campaign to raise public awareness of grey seals by following #SSPCASealSquad on social media.
Every year the Scottish SPCA rescues thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
In 2017 we cared for over 9,600 wild animals - a new record!
We help every kind of wild animal in Scotland and are the only national animal welfare charity which rescues birds.