Save our seals appeal launched by RSPCA’s Norfolk wildlife centre near King’s Lynn

The RSPCA Centre in East Winch is currently looking after the seal pups caught up in the floods. Picture: Matthew Usher. The RSPCA Centre in East Winch is currently looking after the seal pups caught up in the floods. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Monday, December 9, 2013
5:04 PM

The RSPCA has launched a crisis appeal to support the East Winch Wildlife Centre which is caring for more than 100 orphaned seal pups after the floods.

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Help the seals

The RSPCA said it needs the following items to help look after the seals:

Industrial liquidiser

Industrial dishwasher

One and two litre plastic measuring jugs

Washing up bowls for seals to drink from

Stainless steel dog bowls to warm feeds in

Calf matting to keep the seals comfortable and warm

Large sachets of Lectade

Knee pads and cushioned kneelers used by staff during feeding times

Scrubbing brushes, deck brooms and handles

Milton tablets to sterilise funnels after feeding

Milk, tea, coffee and sugar to keep the staff and volunteers going

Fridges in working order

Staff said it costs £22 a week to feed each seal, with pups expected to require up to five months of rehabilitation after being separated from their mothers by last week’s tidal surge on the Norfolk coast.

The wildlife centre, near King’s Lynn, is at full capacity with the young pups – many still less than three weeks old – which washed up along the coast following the recent storms.

Staff and volunteers have now begun the mammoth task of rehabilitating the grey seal pups, which were rescued by RSPCA inspectors, with the aim of returning them to the wild.

Alison Charles, manager of the RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife Centre, said: “We have never had a seal rescue project on a scale as big as this before.

“If it wasn’t for us, these seal pups would starve to death. But we really need the public’s help because without their donations we simply couldn’t do what we do.

“This couldn’t have happened at a worse time for the seals. We are at the height of the grey seal pupping season which means most of these poor seals should still be dependent on their mother’s milk.

“Christmas hasn’t been too kind to these seals so far, but hopefully the public’s generosity will bring them a little bit of festive cheer.”

To donate now and help the RSPCA with the seals, please text SEAL01 followed by how much you would like to donate to 70070 (eg, SEAL01 £3). Texts cost your chosen amount, plus a standard network rate message.

The centre is also appealing for a number of practical items used by centre staff to rehabilitate the seal pups. These can be taken directly to RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre at Station Road, East Winch, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1NR.

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