Seal pup © Julie Hatcher
A seal pup, found on the beach at Durley Chine in Bournemouth after a storm was obviously in a poor condition.
With the help of beach officers from Bournemouth Borough Council she was secured into a wheelie bin before being taken to the RSPCA’s rescue centre at West Hatch in Somerset to join a number of other seal pups rescued from around the south west.
This winter, all the rescued seal pups at West Hatch are being named after shipwrecks and this one was named Kyarra after one of the most famous ship-wrecks in Dorset. On close inspection she was found to be suffering from some cuts to her mouth and flippers but more worryingly she was under-weight, possibly with a respiratory infection.
Kyarra, a grey seal, has now started her recovery with the experienced team of RSPCA staff and when fit enough will be put in an outside pool with other pups to fatten up. We hope that she will soon reach her target weight at which point she can be released back into the sea once the weather has calmed down.
If you find a live marine mammal
If you find any live marine mammals on the beach please do not approach them and keep dogs and people away. Call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 or contact local police via the non-emergency 101 number. Further advice is available here