Brighton Late Night Seal Rescue

Last night East Sussex WRAS received a call from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) after they were called out to an injured seal by Brighton Pier.

Local Marine Mammal Medias attended on site quickly and confirmed the seal was in need of rescue and treatment. Out of Hours Co-ordinator for BDMLR Sara Strachan called WRAS's Trevor Weeks for help as the seal needed treatment and housing over night.

WRAS's Trevor Weeks and Kristy Sayer drove across to meet Sara and Medics from BDMLR at Brighton Pier. Sara was able to jump the seal and lift it up to the promenade where Trevor positioned WRAS's veterinary ambulance.

Trevor and Sara then checked the young Harbour Seal over in more detail and with better light. The seal had a number of puncture wounds around its rear flippers and on its body as well as a cut on the lip. The seal was also underweight for its size. The seal was trasferred from BDMLR's seal bag into one of WRAS's large animal cages before being driven across to WRAS's Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith near Lewes.

WRAS's Vet Mike Symons was contacted and medication administered along with the wounds being cleaned and the rather tricky job of tubing vital rehydration fluids into the seal. The seal had a restful and safe night at WRAS Casualty Centre.

The team finally got home at 1am! BDMLR arranged for the seal to be transported to RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Hospital the following morning.

Its amazing what can be acomplished when organisations work together as a team. Thank you to everyone involved.

Reg Charity 1108880 www.wildlifeambulance.orgwww.bdmlr.org.ukwww.rspca.org.uk

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