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Six seal pups taken to East Winch rescue centre after losing mothers during Storm Arwen



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Six seal pups, who are believed to have been separated from their mothers by Storm Arwen, have been taken to a West Norfolk animal facility for care.

Officials at the RSPCA's East Winch Wildlife Centre say they expect the numbers in their care to rise over the coming days.

And they have pleaded for the public to keep away from any seals they see on beaches, amid reports one was chased back into the water.

A seal pup which is being cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre having been rescued following Storm Arwen (53429038)
A seal pup which is being cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre having been rescued following Storm Arwen (53429038)

High winds, together with heavy rain or snow, battered much of Britain during the first named storm of the winter season at the weekend.

The six pups taken to East Winch so far are between 10 days and two weeks old and were brought in by rescue teams working around the region's coasts.

They have been named Banksy, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Bob Ross, Donatello and Michelangelo respectively.

A seal pup which isbeing cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre having been rescued following Storm Arwen (53429035)
A seal pup which isbeing cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre having been rescued following Storm Arwen (53429035)

Centre manager Evangelos Achilleos said today: “Storm Arwen has sadly resulted in a number of seal pups being separated from their mums too soon.

“Rescuers have had reports from coastlines of pups which are too young to be away from their mums.

“We even took in one seal pup who was found suckling on the body of a nearby larger dead pup - it’s just heartbreaking.

The rescues came during grey seal pupping season and the centre was already caring for four grey pups and 26 common seal pups before the storm hit.

A seal pup which is being cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre having been rescued following Storm Arwen (53429041)
A seal pup which is being cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre having been rescued following Storm Arwen (53429041)

Mr Achilleos said: “We are grateful to all our colleagues from the various seal rescue groups such as the Friends of Horsey Seals, BDMLR, Marine and Wildlife Rescue and our officers, who have been attending numerous reports of abandoned seal pups.

“Many of the seals that come into our care will be with us for some months before they are strong enough to fend for themselves and be released back to the wild.”

One of the pups that was brought into the centre is understood to have been chased back into the water by a member of the public - and when he hauled himself back out he was cold and weak.

A seal pup which is being cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre having been rescued following Storm Arwen (53429044)
A seal pup which is being cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre having been rescued following Storm Arwen (53429044)

The charity said: “Seals should never be pushed or chased back into the water.

“If you are concerned, monitor the pup. If the mother does not return within 24 hours, or you think that the pup is sick or injured, call the RSPCA or other seal charities to help.”



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