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A vigilant visitor to Living Coasts initially spotted the seal pup, stranded on the seaward side of Haldon Pier, at lunchtime on Monday (29th December 2014) and alerted the keepers at Living Coasts. After close observation it was established that the seal pup was not only stranded but also injured. With no mother in sight, a rescue plan was put into operation. Torquay Harbour Office staff stepped in to help the keepers rescue the pup, however it was a race against time with a rising tide, fading light and bitterly cold conditions.

Carefully, and with the assistance of towels and a tarpaulin, the injured seal pup was raised to the safety of the harbourside. The Living Coasts keepers then gave the pup some much needed rehydration fluids.

The rescue was completed by a member of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue who drove the pup to the RSPCA’s West Hatch Animal Centre in Taunton. The staff there identified her as a girl, and recorded her weight as 11 kilos which is considered small for a grey seal pup. She has been named Shubunkin. Two days after her rescue she is showing signs of eating and if all goes to plan will be returned to the sea in the not too distant future.

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