100-plus baby seals were separated from their mothers during tidal surge flooding

More

than 100 orphaned baby seals were washed up on the Norfolk coast during last week’s tidal

surge
.

The

pups, many younger than three weeks old, have been taken to the East Winch Wildlife

Centre, near King’s Lynn.

They

are expected to need care for up to five months after being separated from their colonies

at the height of the pupping season, meaning most should still be dependent on

their mother’s milk.

Staff and volunteers have now begun the mammoth task of

rehabilitating the grey seal pups, which were rescued by RSPCA inspectors, with

the aim of returning them to the wild. 

Alison Charles, manager of the RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife

Centre, said: ‘We have never had a seal rescue project on a scale as big as

this before.

‘If it wasn’t for us, these seal pups would starve to death. But we

really need the public’s help because without their donations we simply couldn’t do what

we do

‘This couldn’t have happened at a worse time for the seals.

We are at the height of the grey seal pupping season which means most of these

poor seals should still be dependent on their mother’s milk.’

Emergency seal appeal

The RSPCA has launched an ’emergency seal appeal’ to help cover the costs of caring for the seals as it costs £22 a week to feed

each one.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to help the RSPCA with the seals is asked to text SEAL01 followed by how much you

would like to donate to 70070

(eg, SEAL01 £3).

Texts cost your chosen amount plus one standard network rate

message.

Or make a donation online at www.rspca.org.uk