A rise in animal care down to bad weather

Blue Reef keeper Terry McKeowne with an injured swan.
Blue Reef keeper Terry McKeowne with an injured swan.

Recent bad weather has seen an increase in the number of animals requiring treatment and care.

Blue Reef Aquarium’s Marine Rescue Centre has experienced a rise in admissions following the heavy storms.

In recent days the Tynemouth aquarium has treated two injured swans and a grey seal pup.

One swan was found with a monofilament line caught in its throat, the other has suffered an injury to its leg.

The seal pup was discovered washed up on rocks at Whitley Bay and is being cared for before being released back in to the wild.

The Marine Rescue Centre was created in partnership with the animal charity Pawz For Thought and the RSPCA to provide emergency treatment for sick, injured and abandoned seal pups and other marine life.

Blue Reef’s Anna Etchells said: “We often notice a rise in call outs and rescues following stormy weather.

“The grey seal pup appears to be generally in good health and it’s likely it was just exhausted due to the rough sea conditions.

“Our plan is to feed him up and ensure he is properly hydrated and then return him to the wild as soon as possible.”