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Seal pup on the road to recovery

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A TINY seal pup who was covered in blood and barely able to breath when he was discovered on Balbriggan's Kings Beach last week is on the road to recovery, the Irish Seal Sanctuary (ISS) has said.

The organisation said it has been 'inundated' with calls from people in north county Dublin enquiring about the welfare of the pup, who has been named 'Colin', since he was found just over a week ago no November 14th.

'Colin' was rescued by the Irish Seal Sancuary volunteers and stabilised with the help of Sean, veterinary surgeon at O'scanaill's Veterinary Surgery in Swords. 'We didn't hold out much hope for Colin, his breathing was dreadful, he was loosing a lot of blood and he had no fight in him,' said a spokesperson for the ISS.

'However, thanks to medication donated by Dogs Aid veterinary clinic, Colin is making great progress and we are optomistic for his future although he is still not out of the woods and has a long journey to make yet.' Colin will continue his recovery at the Irish Seal Sanctuary and once he is fully rehabilitated and fit for the wild he will return to Balbriggan for his release. The ISS spokesperson revealed it is very unusual to find harbour seal pups at this time of the year as they generally pup in the spring and Colin is only about six weeks old.

'In addition the seal colony around Balbriggan is that of grey seals so Colin is a little bit of a visitor to the area,' said the spokesperson. ' Hopefully his progress will continue and we can welcome him back to Balbriggan in the not too distant future.'