Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Don't touch the seal pups!

MEMBERS of the public have been urged to keep away from any seal pups on Manx beaches as the breeding season comes to an end.
A spokesman for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry said: 'Seal pups often appear on Manx beaches at this time of the year and the DAFF urges walkers and beach users to keep clear as approaching a seal pup may cause it to become abandoned. 'It's normal for a seal pup to be left unattended for several hours while the mother hunts for food. The mother may be offshore watching, so approaching, handling and picking up a seal pup can cause the mother distress and she may abandon her young.'

They said: 'Seal pups are very cute but well-intentioned people are often mistaken in rescuing healthy pups because they are basking on the beach. It takes time to accurately decide if a pup is abandoned so watch from a distance and seek advice. 'Seals are wild animals and can bite,' they added. 'They also carry diseases which are transferable to humans and dogs.

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