Last year the Scottish SPCA cared for a record 177 seals at their National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

FergusThis year it’s likely that we’ll be rescuing and rehabilitating even more! 

During the winter months we see an increase of grey seals in our care. They have a white coats and will remain on land, where they are born, for at least three weeks before entering the water.

We care for more harbour seal in summer, as this is when they are born. They can swim from birth and are often brownish black to tan in colour.

I’ve found a seal pup on land, what should I do?

A mother seal will leave her pup on land while she is out feeding because they cannot swim very well until they lose all of their 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 for advice immediately if you spot a seal pup. Please do not approach them and keep dogs on a lead in case they frighten them into the water or even cause injury.

When should I call your animal helpline?

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 please don’t approach them without giving our animal helpline a call first.

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

Follow #SSPCASealSquad on social media to find out more about the seals in our care!

Puppy rescued by the Scottish SPCA with inspector

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