Updated: 11/07/17 : 05:26:46
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Baby Sligo seal recovering in intensive care

An abandoned day old seal has a flippery future but needs the public’s help to recuperate fully.

Tiny Ron was orphaned by his mother after being prematurely born in Strandhill, Sligo several days ago.

Seal Rescue Ireland, coordinated his rescue and transport to their specialised Centre in Courtown, Co Wexford where he arrived dehydrated and malnourished.

He weighed just eight kilograms.

According to IrishMirror.ie a spokesperson for Seal Rescue Ireland said: “Ron is responding beautifully to intensive care by our dedicated volunteers and is now stable with his flippery future looking bright!

“We are the only rehabilitation facility in the Republic of Ireland and rely solely on the generous donations from caring members of the public to continue to rehabilitate seals like Ron."

His rehabilitation is going to cost €3,000.

Seal Rescue Ireland added: “Please dig deep to help us return him to his ocean home.

"It costs a lot to rehabilitate seals so we really need the public’s help.”

Over the weekend, the Rescue centre released two grey male seals named Copper and Crush, back into the ocean after receiving life saving treatment over several months at the Centre.

Grey seals are also known also as the Atlantic seal.

In Ireland they can be found along all the coasts but its main habitats and breeding areas lie on the western, northern and parts of the southern coasts where it is largely replaced by the Common seal.

Grey seals are in general more ‘commonplace’ than Common seals, preferring rocky wave-pounded coasts to the calmer inshore waters favoured by the latter animal.

Seals can weigh up to 227kgs.

There are 19 seal species around the world.
















Abandoned seal, Ron, on the day he was rescued.


The rescue and release come as the busy summer season is the time of year when common and harbour seals start to give birth to their pups.

Staff at the Centre have already rescued numerous pups so far this year.

The public are being warned that if they are out on beaches in the coming weeks, to keep watch for seal pups in distress.

“Human activity by means of boat traffic and water sports, as well as people and dogs on beaches can sometimes frighten away nursing mothers and inadvertently lead to pups being injured or orphaned,” added the Seal Rescue Ireland.

People are being advised to not put the seal in the water as injured, sick and newborn pups are on land for a reason, do not disturb them and observe from a distance.


They also advise not to touch pups as they can bite, and human presence may lead to mothers abandoning otherwise healthy pups.

Dogs and children should be kept away from them. Seal Rescue Ireland on 087 1955 393.

To donate to Ron’s rehabilitation log on to gofundme.com/Help Ron the orphaned seal pup.

IrishMirror.ie