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The Scottish SPCA has cared for a record 177 seals at their National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross over the past year.
We have seen an increase in the number of seals cared over the year which could be due to an increase in public awareness and people being more aware of what to do when they see a seal or seal pup.
Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “We cared for more seals than ever last year and expect to see this number rise even more this year.
“Snow White, a grey seal, arrived into our care at the beginning of November after a member of the public noticed her looking very distressed in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.
“When she arrived at our centre she was dehydrated and her temperature was a little low. We’ll make sure she gets plenty of hydration before starting her on some fish soup, then moving on to solids.
“Each seal who came into our care last year carried a Disney, Pixar or Dreamworks name, and we were able to release many back into the wild following their rehabilitation.”
Colin went on to say, “It is extremely rare for us to have a seal brought into our care who doesn’t require some treatment.
“If you can get close to a seal then it is most likely injured or in trouble, however we urge the public not to approach them without giving our animal helpline a call first.”
Colin went on to explain what to do if you see a seal pup without its mother, “A mother seal will leave her pup on land while she is out feeding because it cannot swim very well until it has lost all of its white fur, which happens at around three to four weeks of age.
“If her pup is touched or moved then there is a good chance she will abandon it.
“You should call our animal helpline immediately if you spot a seal pup as it might need urgent care. Please do not approach seal pups and keep dogs on a lead in case they frighten them into the water or even cause injury.”
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Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.