Hurt seals flood wildlife centre after tidal surge

December 10, 2013 12:30 PM

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Hurt seals flood wildlife centre after tidal surge

A wildlife centre is "struggling" to treat more than 100 seal pups injured and separated from their mothers in last week's tidal surge in Norfolk.

About 40 were brought in to the East Winch centre, near King's Lynn, on Friday, but the number rose sharply over the weekend, the charity said.

The RSPCA's Katya Mira said staff had been "working around the clock" to treat the pups.

Ms Mira said the surge had happened right at the height of the "pupping season".

"Most of the seals are only a few weeks old and were separated from their mothers after they washed up along the Norfolk coast," she said.

"Staff and volunteers at the centre are working around the clock in extremely worrying conditions to try and save these injured pups.

"The baby seals still have their fluffy white coats as they are only a few weeks old - too young to fend for themselves as they can't swim yet."

It was feared that many hundreds could have died in the surge, but the National Trust and Friends of Horsey Seals said that initial assessments of the coastline showed things were "better than first thought".

The surge, which flooded the east coast of England on Thursday and Friday, was the largest for 60 years, the Met Office said.


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