Tuesday 17 July 2018

Boys rescue seal pup after stormy drama

Brothers Rory (7) and Marwin O'Sullivan (15) found this seal pup on a beach near Dingle
Brothers Rory (7) and Marwin O'Sullivan (15) found this seal pup on a beach near Dingle
Brothers Rory (7) and Marwin O'Sullivan (15)
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

THREE brothers walking on a beach came to the rescue of an abandoned infant seal pup who had been washed up by the weekend's storms.

The female grey seal pup was discovered on Clogher Strand on the Dingle Peninsula after she became separated from her mother.

Still with her fur coat, which they lose in the first three weeks of life, the pup was one of five that were washed up on Irish beaches over the bank holiday weekend.

Thinking on their feet, Marwin and Leon O'Sullivan (both 15) alerted the Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary.

Little brother Rory (7) christened the pup 'Lena' in honour of his new au pair who was visiting the area for the first time.

The family are visiting from Dungourney in Co Cork, as part of a short mid-term break.

Seals are a protected species under Irish and EU law and during the pupping season in October and November members of the public are advised to look out for abandoned pups on beaches.

Ciaran O'Sullivan of the Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary said the call was one of several they've received since storms hit coasts over the bank holiday weekend. Another pup was discovered on a Mayo beach yesterday.

He advised people who come across an abandoned seal not to approach it but to get in touch with them and they will arrange collection.

Meanwhile, little Lena is being looked after at the sanctuary, and if she thrives she will be released back into the wild as soon as she's ready.

Irish Independent

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