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Monday 19 February 2018

Toby finding his sea legs again

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

It will be a few months before volunteers at a seal sanctuary will be releasing a premature seal pup back into the wild.

'Toby' was found on a beach in Co Sligo, where it is thought increased activity on the water during the fine weather might have scared away his mother, causing her to abandon her new-born pup.

Ali McMillan is manager at Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary where Toby is receiving around-the-clock care by volunteers.

"Usually if they're on land it's for a reason, like they're sick or have been injured," she said. "Also, they should not be touched. These animals can bite and human scent may lead to mothers abandoning otherwise healthy pups."

Irish Independent

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