Sunday 21 December 2014

'First responder' volunteers needed to help save young seals in distress

Published 11/11/2012 | 05:00

THE Irish Seal Sanctuary is calling urgently for volunteers around the country to help them rescue and care for distressed seal pups as the peak of 'seal season' nears.

From October to December, there is a swell of seal pup strandings due to the Grey Seal birthing season and high storm tides. Young seal pups that are not yet weaned can be washed away from their mothers by storm surges and end up miles away -- hungry, dehydrated, orphaned and in need of rehabilitation.

"We need 'first responder' volunteers to help us respond when a distressed seal is found in your area," said Brendan Price of the Irish Seal Sanctuary. "If you can help us transport, accommodate or care for seals, please call (01) 8354487 or (087) 324 5423."

Sunday Independent

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