FAM­ILY SAVE STRANDED SEAL AT GYLES QUAY

The Argus - - NEWS - The res­cued seal ‘Mary Pop­pins’. By ANNA CAMP­BELL

IT was an im­por­tant day for the Love your Locket Vol­un­teers and Seal Res­cue Ireland on Sun­day the 15 as they re­ceived their first call out.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at around quar­ter to five on Gyles Quay beach. A lo­cal fam­ily were out for a walk on the beach when they dis­cov­ered the baby girl seal pup stranded on the beach. The fam­ily stayed with the seal for two hours keep­ing dogs away and keep­ing the seal safe.

They then con­tacted Seal Res­cue Ireland who co-or­di­nated with the Love your Locket vol­un­teers who are based in Car­ling­ford.

Four vol­un­teers went down to the beach and they trans­ported the baby seal pup to Droghe- da where they met the Seal Res­cue Ireland team and they then took the seal to Wex­ford.

The baby seal who was named ‘Mary Pop­pins’ was only six weeks old and was ex­tremely un­der­weight at 16.1 kilo’s. She is now been treated for an in­fec­tion but she is get­ting the best care pos­si­ble at the res­cue cen­tre and is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery with the won­der­ful treat­ment she is re­ceiv­ing there. They hope to re­lease her back to the coast at Gyles Quay in a few weeks.

The vol­un­teers and Seal Res­cue Ireland would like to thank the kind fam­ily that found her and all the work they did. If you wish to be­come a seal res­cue vol­un­teer please con­tact Seal Res­cue Ireland who reg­u­larly run seal pup res­cue train­ing cour­ses.

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