Submitted by Steve on 12:18, 10th Nov, 2020 | 0

During the early hours of this morning Joey the Jersey grey seal pup was transported thanks to the paper boat to Guernsey where he was greeted by Head of Marine Mammals Geoff George.

Rescued by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Jersey after reports of a poorly seal pup spotted on Les Écréhous.

Joey at a very thin 18kgs was cared for over night at New Era Vets and transported to Guernsey in the early hours of this morning.

With correct protective clothing the pup was collected and is now in isolation at the GSPCA in our intensive care area and is requiring around the clock care.

Geoff George Head of Marine Mammals at the GSPCA said “Joey is extremely thin, although he is very feisty which is a good sign.”

“Joey has taken two fish but will require around the clock care and treatment.”

“He is only 18kgs and is around 10 days old so extremely emaciated for his age.”

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager “Joey is a very lucky young seal pup as being so thin it is very likely he wouldn’t have survived in the wild.”

“We have been helping Jersey seals for a number of years now and earlier this year helped Andrew back to the wild with Guernsey seal pup Pebbles.”

“The first few days are the hardest for any new rescue animal and Joey will need around the clock care.”

“He will also need a lot of treatment and fish and anyone wanting to donate to his 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.”

“We are in the thick 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.”

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 -

During these difficult times help us help animals in need. From donating to Sponsoring a Pen, Buying a Brick for the much needed Wildlife Hospital to our Amazon and main page Wish List, holding a mufti day to a sponsored Christmas dip, here are some of the ways you could help give animals joy.

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