A SEAL pup rescued from Eyemouth on Boxing Day has become the hundredth injured seal to be taken in by the Scottish SPCA this year.
Keplar the pup, who was very weak and suffering from an eye injury, is now being cared for by the animal welfare charity at its Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fife. It is hoped he will make a full recovery.
Center manager Colin Seddon said: “Keplar arrived in our care on Boxing Day from Eyemouth. He is very weak and is suffering from a painful eye injury which he is currently receiving treatment for.”
Keplar became the 100th injured seal to arrive with the Scottish SPCA in 2011 - a record number for the charity. The Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fife cared for over 100 seals in 2011, compared to 75 in 2010 and 57 in 2009.
In January last year, 40 dead seal pups were discovered on a remote Berwickshire beach, near Fast Castle, after perishing in last winter’s extreme weather conditions.
Mr Seddon said that the significant increase of seals brought into the care of the SPCA this year was down to a number of reasons.
“Certainly bad weather is an issue and we’ve rescued several pups who have arrived with various injuries as a result of being bashed against rocks,” he explained.
Mr Seddon added that there was also a greater awareness from the public about the Scottish SPCA, which cared for over 12,000 animals in 2010, and what it does.
“Many people now know that if they spot an injured seal they should phone our animal helpline for advice and we have more inspectors and animal rescue officers to respond to calls than ever before,” Mr Sellers said.
The Scottish SPCA’s 99th and 100th seals were named UFO and Keplar after astronomical features, and both of the grey seal pups are now being cared for at the charity’s Wildlife Rescue Centre at Middlebank, near Dunfermline.
Colin said, “UFO was found struggling on Christmas Day in Musselburgh, possibly as a result of recent storms.
“He is underweight and has minor wounds from hitting against rocks due to heavy seas and high winds.”
He added: “We’re very hopeful that both seals will recover and we’ll release them back into the wild once they are able to fend for themselves.”
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.