Submitted by Steve on 16:19, 6th Dec, 2020 | 0

Yesterday the GSPCA were called to a sighting of a grey seal pup.

GSPCA team member Sarah Langlois was the first on the scene to a thin, poorly grey seal pup at only a few weeks of age.

She immediately called Geoff George Head of Marine Mammals at the GSPCA who confirmed the pup was emaciated and in need of emergency care.

The pup was transported by the GSPCA Animal Ambulance yesterday afternoon from Pleinmont to the GSPCA seal facility in St Andrews where he has been receiving around the clock care and has been named Dakota.

To donate to his care please visit

Geoff George Head of Marine Mammals at the GSPCA said “Dakota weighs in at just 16kgs and should really be three times this weight for his age.”

“Dakota was spotted at the slipway near the Fairy Ring with no mother in sight and very poorly.”

“This is the first Guernsey seal pup of 2020 we have had to help and joins Joey who was rescued in Jersey and continues to improve.”

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager “Yesterday the team were called out to a grey seal pup spotted near the Fairy Ring.”

“The pup has been called Dakota and was a third of the weight he should have been and has a number of ailments being treated around the clock by Geoff and the team.”

“Both Dakota and Joey the Jersey seal pup have a long way to go before they are ready for the wild.”

“Both pups will need a lot of treatment and fish and anyone wanting to donate to their care please call 01481 257261, at the GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey GY6 8UD or online .”

“To help ensure we can help animals 24/7 why not become a regular sponsor to help animals like Joey especially during these extremely difficult days and to find out more please visit .”

“We really couldn’t do so much without your support and every penny really helps make a difference.”

“As we keep sharing we are in the middle of seal pup season now in the Channel Islands and if you see a seal pup please do not approach it but do take a picture and send it in and give us a call so we know where they are and assess they are okay.”

“By approaching a seal pup you could scare its mother away and put the pup at risk so please keep a very safe distance and do not allow your dogs anywhere near them.”

“For advice on what to do if you find injured wildlife please visit or call us 24/7 on 01481 257261.”

“Finally thank you to all that have supported our work at the GSPCA.”

In line with States of Guernsey advice please DO NOT visit the GSPCA if have been outside of the Bailiwick of Guernsey in line with their advice or have any symptoms of Coronavirus and we continue visits to the Shelter for only essential reasons and to please call us on 01481 257261 or email [email protected] before your trip to see if we can help without you coming to the Shelter. For the latest information and advice please visit

The GSPCA continues with all essential services and we plane to phase other services back into operation and to find out more please visit -

With huge challenges on our resources and a drop in income from boarding and donations please help us help animals in Guernsey with our #GSPCACoronavirusCrisisAppeal by donating online via -

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