Rescued seals progressing well at Natureland

Seal pups at Natureland.
Seal pups at Natureland.

Natureland Seal Sanctuary’s rescued pups continue to go from strength-to-strength.

Dame Kelly, who was rescued on November 5 from the beach at Winthorpe suffering from lungworm, is still in the seal hospital but is doing well.

Victoria, who was rescued on September 21 from Wolla Bank, had been very weak and underweight and had infected wounds when she was brought in. But, after treatment in the seal hospital, she has been moved outside to the hospital pool.

The pups Tom, Rebecca, Greg, Wiggins, Chris and Jess are also doing well and are currently enjoying life in the rearing pool. They are now just waiting until they reach the release weight of 30kg before going back to sea.

Elsewhere, the sanctuary welcomed their latest arrival just days ago.

“We received a phone call from a member of the public at around 8.30am on Saturday (November 17) reporting a stranded seal pup on the beach at Ingoldmells,” said the sanctuary’s Duncan Yeadon.

“Our staff attended and found the pup was very weak and underweight. It was also bleeding around its nose and had shallow breathing - which indicated that the pup had lungworms.

“Lungworms are a parasite that are passed on from the fish that the seals eat and they live in the “breathing tubes” of the seal.

“They make breathing very difficult for the seal and also make it difficult for them to hold their breath long enough to dive under water to catch their fish.

“Fortunately, after the seal is given a worming injection, the worms are coughed up and recovery is usually good. It is early days for this pup but we have high hopes for a successful outcome.”