Rescuers risk lockdown to save lives of THIRTY baby seals
Thirty sick or orphaned seal pups are receiving special care in seal hospitals after being rescued on the Baltic coast despite lockdown regulations.
The young seals were picked up by Blue Patrols staffed by World Wildlife Foundation volunteers.
The patrols have been operating along the Baltic for 10 years but have had their operations limited this year owing to measures brought in to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“March and April is always an intense time of activity for the patrols, but this year it has been difficult owing to quarantine measures,” the WWF said in a press release.
“But volunteers, while abiding to the regulations, are continuing to help seals. This year we have already found 27 pups that have been separated from their mothers.”
A further three seals needing medical care were also retrieved from the beaches.
The high number of pups found reflects the fact that seals give birth in March, and that motherhood does not always go to plan.
Animals in need of care and medical treatment are taken to a marine centre belonging to Gdańsk University’s Institute of Oceanography, which has a special seal hospital.
Seals, especially young and inexperienced ones, face many challenges says the WWF.
They can get caught in fragments of old fishing nets and suffer from the effects of pollution.
Young seals can also be attacked by dogs that have been let off their leads by their owners.
The WWF says pups are unable to defend themselves against dogs although their mothers can deliver savage bites if need be.