Submitted by Steve on 12:12, 24th Aug, 2016 | 0

Currently on route is an injured and sick young Common Seal Pup from Alderney.

It was found and rescued by Alderney Wildlife Trust and taken to Alderney Animal Welfare Society where it was checked over and treated by Vet John Knight.

Although very rare for the Common Seal to be seen in the Channel Islands, this is the second to be rescued in a week as one was recently found sick in Jersey and was transported to the RSPCA in the UK.

This pup will shortly be on route to the GSPCA to continue the treatment the vet has started.

It has a number of injuries and will need rehydrating, tube feeding and veterinary treatment as soon as it arrives at the GSPCA this afternoon.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “This morning we have been talking to Vet John Knight and Alderney Animal Welfare Society who have been caring for an injured Common Seal Pup that was rescued thanks to Alderney Wildlife Trust.”

“In the last 5 years we have rescued, rehabilitated and released 5 grey seal pups locally, but it is extremely rare to see Common Seal Pups around the Channel Islands although there are a few around the coast of France.”

“Only a few days ago there was another Common Seal Pup rescued in Jersey but this little pup from Alderney will be rehabilitated at the GSPCA and released back to local waters if we are able to keep it going as we are uncertain the extent of the ailments at this time although the vet has administered initial first aid.”

“We often help other Channel Islands when we are asked and we have already helped with a Buzzard and 15 Cockatiels from Alderney in the last few months and a Long Eared Owl from Sark which will hopefully be going back very soon.”

“Common Seals breed from August and with two having been seen we want to issue advice not to approach a pup seen on the coast but to call us for advise or check our website as you could scare their mothers away.”

“A huge thanks to those helping transport the seal this afternoon and we will do everything we can for this little pup and keep everyone up date when we can.”

Photo credit Alderney Animal Welfare Society

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Every Autumn the shores of the Bailiwick see Grey Seal pups being born and today with a Common Seal Pup being rescued in Alderney the GSPCA are issuing advice on what to do especially as this is the second in a week to be rescued in the Channel Islands.

If anyone see's a pup with or without a mum we really do appreciate a call so that we are aware of its location and condition but here is some advice.

A healthy pup looks like a big, stuffed maggot without a neck. However, a thin pup looks sleek (but not bony) and has a visible neck, like a healthy dog.

PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE SEAL. They can give a nasty bite, which will become infected by bacteria that live in a seal’s mouths.

Note: Do not allow dogs or other animals to harass a seal.

If a Seal is scared back into the water, it could then be washed out to sea by strong currents and be lost. You should not put a seal pup back in the sea as it may get into difficulty.

If a Seal pup is sick, thin or injured then we would ask you to contact the GSPCA immediately on 01481 257261 day or night

When reporting an injured, sick or abandoned seal to the GSPCA, please make sure you are able to supply the following information:

  • Exact location; nearest town / village
  • Position on the beach, and state of the tide
  • How long you have observed the pup; any disturbance / risk to it; whether the mother has been seen
  • Any wounds / obvious signs of illness
  • Length/colour/condition.

Pictured above is Jethou Bumblebee and Hanois two Grey Seals GSPCA staff rescued and cared for which were released on Jethou April 2013. 

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