Seal pups are recovering after rescue

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Four Grey Seal pups are recovering after being rescued by the team at Natureland Seal Sanctuary - one just a couple of days before Christmas.

All of them are now recovering in the centre’s hospital and responding well to treatment - but they are expected to be joined by more with the recent storms likely to lead to others being washed up along the coastline.

Duncan Yeadon, from the sanctuary, said of the latest arrivals: “They are all on various antibiotics. There are no serious conditions, just secondary issues to them being orphaned, getting weak and being washed up.”

Details of those rescued are as follows:

l Unamed, as only rescued on Wednesday from the beach at Marsh Yard/Moggs Eye. The pup is approximately three weeks old is very underweight and exhausted.

l Suitably named Chrimbo was rescued on December 23 from the beach at Ingoldmells. Approximately four weeks old, Chrimbo had a damaged left eye and was dehydrated and underweight.

l Chance was rescued on December 15, also from the beach at Ingoldmells. Approximately two weeks old, Chance was very underweight and had an ear infection.

l Cracker was rescued on December 6 from the beach at Lagoon Walk, Skegness. Approximately two weeks old, Cracker was orphaned and underweight and had a lung infection.

Duncan said it would be about three months before they could be released back into the wild as this would allow them to reach a target weight of 35 kilos.

He added: “We are expecting an influx due to the weather and storms.”

But by mid-January he said the call-outs would reduce dramatically.

l For more information and to help support the work at Natureland visit www.skegnessnatureland.co.uk