What to do if you find a seal?

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1. Do KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

If the pup has a fluffy white coat, it still needs its mother. She has probably spotted you long before you have spotted her and she will be watching from a safe distance out at sea. She will only return to feed her pup when she thinks that it is safe to do so. Watch the pup from a safe distance and ask others in the area to keep well away.


2. DON'T ATTEMPT TO HANDLE THE PUP

It is a wild animal, may bite and can carry infectious diseases. If the pup is handled whilst still being nursed by its mother, the scent which you leave may cause her to reject it. A pup should only be moved if it appears to be in danger from dogs, people, stormy seas or if an expert has advised you to do so.


3. DON'T ATTEMPT TO PUT THE PUP IN THE SEA

It may be out of the water for a good reason.


4. DON'T IGNORE THE SITUATION

If the pup is thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, running nose) it probably needs help.


5. DO TELL AN APPROPRIATE ORGANISATION

Telephone the Scottish Sealife Sanctuary on 01631 720386 or your nearest SSPCA officer on 03000 999 999.

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