Submitted by Steve on 18:12, 21st Nov, 2017 | 0

Today a grey seal pup rescued in Jersey on Sunday at just 11.5kg has just arrived at the GSPCA in Guernsey.

Trevor as the 2 week old pup has been named has joined Temperance of a similar age at the GSPCA seal unit in Guernsey.

Both pups are around a quarter the weight they should weigh and both very weak so are in intensive care at the GSPCA.

The Jersey pup was rescued by the local branch of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue and was discovered severely underweight at L’Etacq.

The pup was rescued by Clive Armstrong BDMLR marine mammal medic and JSPCA driver, along with four other team members Dave Scambler, Carole Stockhill, Andre de Gruchy and Jessica Harris.

The pup after the rescue was taken to New Era Veterinary Hospital where it was treated for dehydration, a head injury and malnutrition.

Today the seal pup called Trevor was deemed fit enough to travel and was kindly transported with rescuer Clive Armstrong by Blue Islands to Guernsey and the GSPCA.

Trevor arrived just after lunch today and both Clive and the seal pup were collected by GSPCA Ambulance Driver Geoff George.

Trevor at only 11.5kg has joined Temperance the Guernsey seal pup rescued yesterday at Beaucette Marina in an adjoining enclosure and both are currently cared for at the intensive care seal unit in the GSPCA wildlife building.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “Both pups have just had a rehydration fluid feed and are under heat lamps and intensive care at the GSPCA with Geoff George who is the main carer of marine mammals at the GSPCA and both pups will need around the clock care.”

“Both seal pups are severely emaciated and dehydrated with a number of other injuries so we have a huge challenge in front of us doing all we can to care for them.”

“It is great that we are working pan island to care for and rehabilitate Channel Island seal pups to keep them in local waters and at the GSPCA we will do all we can for Trevor who was rescued by British Divers Marine Life Rescue in Jersey and cared for by New Era Vets as well as Temperance.”

“As Channel Island seal pups we have set up a Just Giving Page for them and to donate to their care and treatment please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jerseyandguernseysealpups .”

“Other ways you can donate to their care is by our paypal page https://www.paypal.me/DonateGSPCA , calling 01481 257261 or at the GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8UD.”

Geoff George GSPCA Ambulance Driver and head carer of the seals said “Both seal pups are extremely weak, thin and dehydrated and we will be ensuring Temperance and Trevor have around the clock care in our intensive care seal room at the GSPCA.”

“We are doing all we can for both seal pups and it was lovely to see Clive from the Jersey BDMLR today and to be working alongside them once again.”

Steve continued “We will keep you up to date on how both seal pups progress and with your help we all hope we can get Temperance and Trevor back to the wild and into Channel Island waters like Jersey seal pup Sami this year and Guernsey seal pup Bonnie last year.”

“With seal pups being born around the Channel Islands if anyone finds one and is concerned please do not approach it but call your local helpline as soon as possible and in Guernsey that is 257261.”

“If anyone see's a pup with or without a mum we really do appreciate a call so that we are aware of its location and condition.”

“A healthy pup looks like a big, stuffed maggot without a neck, however, a thin pup looks sleek, not bony and has a visible neck, like a healthy dog.”

To donate to the care of the seal pups please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jerseyandguernseysealpups

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PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE SEAL. They can give a nasty bite, which will become infected by bacteria that live in a seal’s mouths.

Note: Do not allow dogs or other animals to harass a seal.

If a Seal is scared back into the water, it could then be washed out to sea by strong currents and be lost. You should not put a seal pup back in the sea as it may get into difficulty.

If a Seal pup is sick, thin or injured then we would ask you to contact the GSPCA immediately on 01481 257261 day or night

When reporting an injured, sick or abandoned seal to the GSPCA, please make sure you are able to supply the following information:

  • Exact location; nearest town / village
  • Position on the beach, and state of the tide
  • How long you have observed the pup; any disturbance / risk to it; whether the mother has been seen
  • Any wounds / obvious signs of illness
  • Length/colour/condition.

Caution:- Handling of any animal either domestic, wild, dead or alive may be potentially hazardous. Obvious dangers include bites, scratches and general hygiene issues. Common sense should be applied in all instances and, if unsure, seek additional advice or assistance. Personal hygiene should be taken into consideration after handling any animal, whether it’s domestic, wild, dead or alive.

To see some of the previous stories about seals please click here http://www.gspca.org.gg/blog/tag/seals

Some grey seal facts -

  • Population numbers since 1960s have doubled
  • A grey seal pup weighs 14kg at birth
  • A grey seal pup mothers milk contains 60% fat
  • Grey seals can dive to a depth of 70m
  • Another name for a grey seal is the horsehead seal
  • Grey seals are found in the waters surrounding Europe, Russia, North America, and Channel Islands
  • Grey seals can be found in estuaries, inter tidal zones, brackish water, polar and shallow seas
  • There are 18 known species of seal in the world

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