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RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre rehabilitates first orphaned common seal pup of 2020

Dedicated RSPCA staff are rehabilitating their first orphaned common seal pup of the 2020 season at RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre.

The young pup who was thought to be under two weeks old, was rescued from Sutton Bridge.

When he was found he was weak and undernourished and weighed just 7.85kg.

Beanz at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre. (36733561)
Beanz at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre. (36733561)

He was brought in to the charity’s care after he was rescued by a volunteer for British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).

Alison Charles, manager at East Winch said: “This pup is lucky he was found when he was as we believe he had been separated from his mum and would have perished without her milk - he had lost a lot of weight and looked like a bag of bones.

“We are doing all we can to make sure he is fully rehabilitated and recovered before being released back into the wild.

“We’ve named him Beanz as this year’s theme for common seals is beans, pulses and rice and it really suits him.

"He’s our first common seal pup at the centre this season so we thought Beanz was an appropriate name for him. He’s currently being fed on a diet of liquidised herring which we like to call ‘fish soup’.”

The RSPCA warns that it’s important that the public never approach seals and keep any dogs well away and on a lead, as these are wild animals and can have a nasty bite.

The RSPCA also advises the public not to approach pups they see, but monitor them from a safe distance for a 24 hour period, to see if the mother returns before contacting a rescue team by calling the 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999.

The wildlife centre is currently caring for Beanz and more than 300 other wild animals at this time, with increasingly stretched resources.

Alison continued: “In recent years we have taken in a huge number of sick and injured seals so we are expecting the same for 2020.

This means that vast resources are in demand here at East Winch to help us treat Beanz and the other pups that we will care for this season.”

East Winch has an Amazon wish list of items that are most in need, which can be found here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/2QW97YL6JNRPQ

For more information about what to do if you see a seal or pup on the beach alone, please visit:www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/orphanedanimals/sealpups

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