Scottish SPCA rescue rare black seal

The Scottish SPCA rescued a rare black seal which is now in the care of their National Wildlife Centre in Fishcross.

Black sealWe responded to a call from a member of the public about the pup which was found on the beach in Eyemouth.

The female seal had no obvious signs of injury but she was dehydrated and on a very busy area of the beach with dog walkers and people so we took her into our care.

All of the seal pups that are brought to us this year are being given Harry Potter themed names and this one has been named Narcissa.

National Wildlife Centre manager, Colin Seddon, said, “We tend to get several black seal pups each year which are far less common than lighter grey colours. 

“What is unusual is that she is female.  Usually the darker the seal the more likely it is to be male.  She is the first black female I can remember coming into our care.

“Narcissa is doing well, she is now off tube feeds and is being assist fed whole fish and we hope to release her back into the wild soon.

“Grey seal pups which no longer have a white coat may still need our assistance if they are on a public beach and at risk, or have visible signs of injury, such as bleeding, crusty or damaged eyes, discharge from the nose, coughing or generally looking unwell.

“The public should contact our animal helpline and an operator will be able to assist.

“If the seal pup is not at risk and looks and acts healthy it should be left alone”

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

To stay up to date on the seals brought in to our wildlife centre, follow #SSPCASealSquad on social media.


Scottish SPCA Wildlife Assistant with deer fawns

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