AN ORPHANED grey seal pup is being looked after by the Scottish SPCA after being found on a North-east beach.
The three week old female, who still has her white fur coat, was rescued at Fraserburgh beach by volunteers from British Divers Marine Life Rescue on November 6.
Now in the care of the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre at Fishcross in Alloa, the seal has been named Rogue.
Centre manager Colin Seddon said, “Rogue is our first grey seal pup of the season, which will last until March or April next year.
“She is being tube-fed fish soup at the moment and that will continue for the next few weeks until she’s old and strong enough to feed herself.
“Over the pupping season last year we took in 95 grey seals who needed our help.
“We now have four seal pups in our care, including Rogue, and we’ve no doubt they’ll be joined by many more in the coming weeks and months.”
The Scottish SPCA is urging members of the public to contact its animal helpline if they see a distressed seal pup lying on the shore this winter.
Colin continued, “Anyone concerned about a seal pup, including any who appear injured, are found on public beaches or are spotted in unusual places such as non-breeding areas, should give us a call before approaching them.
“We are often contacted about seal pups who are healthy but have been abandoned by their mothers because someone has disturbed them.”
Anyone concerned about a seal or any other wild animal should contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.