First grey seal pup of the season rescued

The Scottish SPCA is caring for an orphaned grey seal pup that was found alone on an Aberdeenshire beach.

SnowyWe were alerted on Wednesday 26 October after the seal pup, who was only a few days old, was discovered by a member of the public on Newburgh Beach.

Now in the care of our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, the seal has been named Snowy.

Centre manager Colin Seddon said, “Snowy is our first grey seal pup of the season, which will last until March or April next year and usually sees us treat over 100 injured or orphaned pups.

“Snowy is currently being rehydrated and then she will be fed a diet of fish soup. Following that, she will be moved onto a diet consisting of whole fish and will be moved into one of our large outdoor pools with other seals until she reaches release weight.

“We’ve no doubt she’ll be joined by many more seal pups in the coming weeks and months.”

We are urging members of the public to contact its animal helpline if they see a distressed seal pup lying on the shore this winter.

Colin continued, “Anyone concerned about a seal pup, including any who appear injured, are found on public beaches or are spotted in unusual places such as non-breeding areas, should give us a call before approaching them.

“We are often contacted about seal pups that are healthy but have been abandoned by their mothers because someone has disturbed them.”

Anyone concerned about a seal or any other wild animal should contact our helpline on 03000 999 999.


Scottish SPCA Wildlife Assistant with deer fawns

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