On May 8, the residents of Plastun village found a lone baby seal on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The small seal, suffering from exhaustion and dehydration, was rescued by the staff of the Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve. Now the life of the animal is out of danger.
The reserve stressed that the decision to turn to specialists is the most correct in such a situation. People protected the baby seal from stray dogs, but tried to feed it fish, octopus meat and other food. Such food is not suitable for a baby.
"Just at the beginning of April this year, the district inspector of the reserve, Nikolai Rybin, was trained to help seal pups at the Rehabilitation Center for Marine Mammals “Seal”. And now these skills have been successfully applied in practice," the press service of the Sikhote-Alin Reserve noted.
In the spring, the pups of the spotted seal (also known as the larga seal) quite often find themselves in dangerous situations, being left without parental care for one reason or another. A small seal cannot survive alone, but it should also be helped wisely. Babies should not be caught and fed at home with milk and other human food. They should not be taken out to sea – weak young animals will overcool and die. The "rescuer" him/herself may get hurt – the seal's teeth are very sharp.
The staff of the reserve took the rescued baby seal to the village of Terney, where the animal was provided with the necessary assistance and fed. The next day, the “foundling” was picked up by the specialists from the "Seal" center, where the larga seal is to be further rehabilitated.