The RSPCA has reported that UK beachgoers have been chasing baby seals into the sea, which has left them stranded from their mums meaning they have no one to care for them.
Beachgoers in the UK have been slammed by the RSPCA for chasing baby seals into the sea, which has effectively made them orphans as they are separated from their mums in the process.
Rescuers have discovered abandoned and skinny seals in need of urgent care, due to them being separated from their mums by beachgoers.
The RSPCA has stressed that this is a very “concerning” matter as one of the rescue centres for seal pups has quickly filled up. The place has been dubbed an ‘orphanage’ as there are so many frightened seals.
Animal protection society East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk, based on England’s east coast, has reported an influx of pups.
One of the rescued seals has been named Cannelloni and is believed to have been chased into the sea at Suffolk beach just weeks ago, the boss claims.
Centre manager Alison Charles spoke on Radio Norwich about the matter and explained how seal pups can swim from birth, which has led some to become lost as they’ve found themselves from their mums.
Those that are found are taken into care if they are discovered alone and undernourished.
Although some of the pups are becoming lost of their accord, Alison said that beachgoers are not helping the matter by chasing them.
This year, the centre has received dozens of reports of seals being chased off beaches.
She said: “We are like a seal orphanage at the moment.
“We are becoming increasingly concerned by reports that some members of the public are chasing pups back into the water when they see them resting on the beach.
“This is really concerning because the reason the pup is resting on the beach is likely because they are exhausted due to being so young and still building up their strength.”
The centre manager spoke of one tiny pup who was believed to have been separated from his mum on July 12.
She said: “We are currently caring for one seal, who we have named Cannellini, who was rescued from Corton, Suffolk on Sunday.
“It was understood that the day before, he had been chased back in the sea at Lowestoft, Suffolk.”
The centre informed the radio station that it can take as long as five months for a seal to be strong enough to return back to the wild.
The RSPCA has warned the public not to approach seals and keep dogs away by making sure they are on their leashes.
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