Rescued Seal Pups Released Back Into Wild


By Alexander Lawrie

THREE fit and healthy seal pups rescued from near death were released back into the wild yesterday.

 The seals, Glow, Ness and Lomond, finally tasted the freedom of the open water when they were released at Silver Sands, in Aberdour, Fife by the Scottish SPCA.

 The three seals were all born in the Fife area and rescued by members of the public in November.

Glow was hardly a week old when he was found at St Monans with an infected umbilical cord.

Ness was rescued from Cellardyke with a wounded eye and was in poor body condition, and little Lomond was washed off his birthing ground at Crail and had wounds to his body after being bashed against rocks.

The Scottish SPCA is naming all their rescued seal pups after Scottish lochs this year.

After outgrowing their pens and pools at the charity’s Middlebank Wildlife Centre in Dunfermline, the seals were then transferred to Deep Sea World at North Queensferry where they have been enjoying playing together in the aquarium’s large outdoor salt water rehabilitation pool.

Colin Seddon, Scottish SPCA Wildlife Centre Manager, said: “These pups came in to us in poor condition and in need of specialist care. It is extremely rewarding to see them now, fit and healthy and ready to be released back to their natural habitat.

“In collaboration with Deep Sea World, we have given them the best chance of survival, and we hope that they go on to live and breed in Scotland’s coastal waters for years to come.”

Deep Sea World Aquarist Chris Rowe said, “It is fantastic to be involved in the rehabilitation and conservation of these amazing mammals.

“We have all enjoyed watching Glow, Ness and Lomond grow and learn to fend for themselves during their time at the aquarium. We wish them all the best as we prepare the pool for the next batch of rescued pups.”

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