Seal pups en­chant res­cue cen­tre staff

Coventry Telegraph - - NATIONAL -

AN­I­MAL wel­fare ex­perts at a Scot­tish wildlife cen­tre 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 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 Mad-Eye 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 Bod­dan, 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.”

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