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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-12-02

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Liverpool ice rink gets 'seal' of approval

A young grey seal was released back to the water, on 30 November 2016, after straying to an ice rink at Liverpool's Pierhead.

Members of the public 1st spotted the cheeky critter, on Tuesday, 29 November 2016, and again at around 8.30am, on 30 November 2016, after he had found his way behind the ice rink.

The seal had strayed to the back of the ice rink complex at Liverpool's Pierhead, and whilst not injured, couldn?t find his way back to the nearby sea.

RSPCA animal welfare officer (AWO) Matt Brown said:- "This little chap had somehow got himself up onto the pier and then onto the ice rink, who knows how. Thankfully he wasn't injured, so we were able to guide him back towards the sea. He was a little reluctant to get back into the water, perhaps he wanted another go on the ice, but after some encouragement, off he went and we watched him swim away."

 We advise anyone who finds a seal pup on the beach who is not in immediate danger and looks fit and healthy to monitor the animal.  For very young pups, if the mother does not return within 24 hours then call us for advice.

A healthy pup will look big and fat without a neck whereas a poorly pup will look thin and will have a visible neck.  If a sick, thin or injured pup is found then calls us on:- 0300 1234999.

If a seal is on a busy public beach with people, children or dogs around, it is likely to be sick or injured.

We advise people not to touch seals, as they can give a nasty bite, not to let dogs or other animals near the seal and not to try and put the animal back into the water, as it could be washed out to sea and lost as it may be too young or ill to survive.

To help the RSPCA to continue rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing animals in desperate need of care, and to support the winter Love Animals, Hate Cruelty campaign, please visit this link.


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