British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue

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2005-06-30 13:49:24

Common seal pup rescue - Richmond, London

The seal was found by the Lock Keeper at Richmond and after watching it for a couple of days he decided to pick up the seal and take to the National Swan Sanctuary at their new location at Chertsey. Staff at the sanctuary then contacted BDMLR for help. Alan Knight asked advanced medic Trevor Weeks to drive to Chertsey to treat the seal and then transport it to the RSPCA seal unit at Fairlight near Hastings.

Trevor arrived to find an emaciated common seal pup which was also dehydrated and in urgent need of fluids. Trevor with the help of Sanctuary Manager Steve Knight (no relation to Alan!) managed to tube the seal fluids and then placed the seal into a transportation carrier filled with a small quantity of water to help keep the seal cool and wet.

The seal was then driven to Fairlight near Hastings in East Sussex for RSPCA staff to rear with another seal pup which they already have in care.

Sue White
BDMLR HQ