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What to do if you come across a stranded seal

One of a number of seal pups being cared for by the RSPCA in Somerset Credit: ITV News

The RSPCA is advising anyone who finds a seal pup on the beach who is not in immediate danger and looks fit and healthy to monitor the animal first.

  • If the mother does not return within 24 hours then a call should be logged with the RSPCA for collection.
  • A healthy pup will look big and fat without a neck whereas a thin pup will look sleek and will have a visible neck.
This little chap is clearly underweight Credit: ITV News
  • If a sick, thin or injured pup is found then a call should be made to the RSPCA.
  • A seal on a busy public beach (adults, children or dogs around or close to the seal) is likely to be sick or injured.
  • Do not touch seals as they can give a nasty bite.
  • Do not put the animal back into the water as it could be washed out to sea and be lost.
  • Do not to allow dogs or other animals near the sea where there are seals.

Calls about sick, underweight and injured seals can be logged with the RSPCA national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.

This youngster injured its eye in the recent storms and is recovering under a heat lamp Credit: ITV News

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