Grey seal released back into the wild after severe weather halted releases

The Scottish SPCA has successfully released a grey seal back into the wild after he was rehabilitated by the expert seal squad at their National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

seal (1)We have battled with adverse weather conditions and disease amongst seals in our care which has delayed releasing many back into the wild.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “The seal, named Ken, arrived at our centre back in December after being found in Dunbar, East Lothian by British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

“When Ken came into the centre he was centre he was very thin and had a few wounds - he definitely needed our help. After receiving treatment he was moved into one of our large outdoor pools with other seals until he reached a healthy release weight and then we had to wait for prime weather conditions.

“We’re still caring for 30 grey seals at the moment which is very unusual for this time of year. The bad weather has delayed the release of a number of animals including hedgehogs. But also the arrival of many too.

“At this time of year we’re usually beginning to see an influx of baby birds arriving at the centre after being found on the ground. We’re preparing for a double hit shortly as the weather is finally getting better.

“If anyone discovers a baby animal, that is not in immediate danger, please don’t touch them. Observe from a distance to ensure their parents do not return and call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 for advice. Whilst we are fully equipped to care for Scotland’s wild animals, they are best to be raised by their parents.”

Learn more about our campaign to raise public awareness of grey seals by following #SSPCASealSquad on social media.

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Bird rescued by the Scottish SPCA being fed

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