Res­cue seals Pot­ter about at sanc­tu­ary

Wildlife: Pups given Hog­warts names

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY LUNCINDA CAMERON

An­i­mal wel­fare ex­perts are car­ing for their first res­cued grey seal pups of the sea­son.

One was res­cued in Aberdeen­shire, while the other was re­cov­ered from a beach in Thurso in the High­lands.

The Scot­tish SPCA ex­pects to look af­ter more than 100 grey seal pups of var­i­ous ages over the course of the au­tumn and win­ter sea­son.

This sea­son, pups cared for at its na­tional wildlife cen­tre in Fishcross, Clack­man­nan­shire, will be given Harry Pot­ter-themed names and the first two have been named Harry and Mad-Eye.

Cen­tre man­ager Colin Sed­don said: “We re­ceived our first seal pups, Mad-Eye and Harry, on Novem­ber 2.

“Harry is around three to four weeks old and MadEye is be­tween four and five weeks.

“Harry was brought to us by the Bri­tish Divers ma­rine life res­cue team af­ter he was found with sev­eral wounds and an in­fected flip­per in Bod­dam, Aberdeen­shire.

“Mad-Eye was found on Dun­net Beach in Thurso. As his name might sug­gest, he came to us with a col­lapsed eye which will have to be re­moved.

“We of­ten do re­lease seals with one eye, so we are hope­ful Mad-Eye will still even­tu­ally en­joy a full life in the wild.”

The Scot­tish SPCA urged any­one who spots a pup which still has a white coat on a pub­lic beach to con­tact its an­i­mal helpline as the chances are it is in trou­ble and needs at­ten­tion.

“We are hope­ful Mad-Eye will still en­joy a full life in the wild”

Mr Sed­don said: “Grey seal pups which no longer have a white coat may still need our as­sis­tance if they are on a pub­lic beach and at risk, or have vis­i­ble signs of in­jury, such as bleed­ing, crusty or dam­aged eyes, dis­charge from the nose, cough­ing or gen­er­ally look­ing un­well.

“The pub­lic should con­tact our an­i­mal helpline and an op­er­a­tor will be able to as­sist.

“If the seal pup is not at risk and looks and acts healthy, it should be left alone.”

Any­one who dis­cov­ers an in­jured or dis­tressed wild an­i­mal should call the Scot­tish SPCA an­i­mal helpline on 03000 999 999.

TOP OF THE PUPS: Harry on the mend af­ter he was found with an in­fected flip­per at Bod­dan, Aberdeen­shire

Mad-Eye could do with some magic to aid re­cov­ery

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