Baby seal’s home visit led to chil­dren’s book

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - BY CRAIG PA­TON

A BUD­DING au­thor has penned a chil­dren’s book in­spired by a young seal who wan­dered into her north-east home. Su­san Em­mi­son Smith, 52, from Fraser­burgh, came to the res­cue of the an­i­mal af­ter she dis­cov­ered it in her kitchen. The semi-re­tired en­gi­neer was spend­ing time at her hol­i­day home in Pi­t­ul­lie last Novem­ber when the in­jured pup, which was bleed­ing from its mouth, found its way into her home. Su­san said: “I was up at my cot­tage in Pit­tul­lie and an in­jured baby seal came into my front gar­den and then ended up in my kitchen.” Su­san quickly alerted the Scot­tish SPCA, who came and treated the seal – which she named Snowie – at its Fishcross cen­tre in Clack­man­nan­shire. Su­san de­cided to write a book, named Pi­t­ul­lie Shore: Snowie’s Amaz­ing Res­cue, based on the ex­pe­ri­ence, de­tail­ing the story of the seal. Su­san said: “I didn’t re­ally think too much about it af­ter that, un­til about July, when it just hit me to write a chil­dren’s story based on what hap­pened. “I’m not a writer, I’m an en­gi­neer, and I’ve never re­ally had as­pi­ra­tions to be a writer, but I just thought that it was a nice story to tell.” Su­san has self-pub­lished the book and pro­ceeds are to go to the Sand­haven and Pi­t­ul­lie Pub­lic Hall As­so­ci­a­tion and the SSPCA. She said: “The hall as­so­ci­a­tion do a lot of great stuff but they just don’t get a lot of fi­nan­cial sup­port.” The new au­thor, who em­i­grated to Aus­tralia in 1989 and re­turned to her home­town four years ago, is also set to take her book on a tour around the area. Su­san is plan­ning to host a se­ries of sign­ings and read­ings, which she hopes will boost sales and cash raised for the causes. She said: “I’ve done three sign­ings al­ready in the Fraser­burgh area and I’ve raised about £100 from it, just from do­na­tions. “I think that’s great for a small com­mu­nity like that. “I’ll also be mak­ing a do­na­tion from the pro­ceeds of the book to the SSPCA.” Colin Sned­don, the man­ager of the SSPCA cen­tre in Fishcross, said: “As we re­ceive no gov­ern­ment fund­ing and we rely on gen­er­ous do­na­tions from the pub­lic, we are very grate­ful that Su­san is do­nat­ing a per­cent­age of the funds raised to us. “This goes to­wards the vi­tal work that we do to help the an­i­mals of Scotland.” He added: “You can fol­low us on Twit­ter us­ing the #Ssp­caseal­squad.”

Su­san Em­mi­son Smith, in­set top, was in­spired to write a chil­dren’s book, right, af­ter an in­jured seal pup made its way into her north-east home

Su­san, who named the seal Snowie, alerted the SSPCA

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