Seal pup saved in Sandhaven

Rogue the three-week-old grey seal pup
Rogue the three-week-old grey seal pup

A three-week-old orphaned grey seal pup has been rescued from a beach near Fraserburgh and is the first rescued pup of the season.

Rogue, who still has her white fur coat, was rescued from a beach in Sandhaven and is being cared for by the Scottish SPCA’s National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Alloa

Colin Seddon, the Rescue Centre manager, 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.”

Rogue was found by volunteers from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue on November 6.

The Rescue Centre in Alloa took in 95 grey seals over the pupping season last year.

Mr Seddon said: “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.

Mr Sneddon said: ““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.

“Anyone concerned about a seal or any other wild animal should contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Seal pups who are healthy are often abandoned by their mothers because someone has disturbed them.