[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 August 2006, 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK
Starving seal rescued from beach
Rescued seal
The rescued baby seal is at a specialist RSPCA centre in Hastings
A starving seal pup has been rescued from the beach at Eastbourne after being spotted by members of the public.

The pup was first seen on Tuesday night and the RSPCA advised it should be left alone in case its mother was nearby.

But Eastbourne Borough Council called in British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on Wednesday morning when she had not appeared.

The pup was caught and taken to the RSPCA's Mallydams Wood Centre in Hastings, which has seal facilities.

We hope the seal will recover from his injuries and start putting on weight again
Trevor Weeks

"The seal was emaciated and dehydrated," said BDMLR medic Stephen Marsh.

"You could see its pelvis and it had wrinkled skin where it had lost weight."

The pup had a large abscess on its upper lip, which burst during the rescue.

"We hope the seal will recover from his injuries and start putting on weight again," said Trevor Weeks of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service.

"Once fit and healthy he will be released back on the Sussex coastline."

He said seals were becoming more common along the Sussex coast with an adult grey seal spotted at Newhaven Harbour only weeks ago.

Dolphin 'harassed' by boat owners
28 Apr 06 |  Southern Counties
Sick seal put to sleep on beach
27 Feb 06 |  Southern Counties
Medics test whale rescue skills
25 Feb 06 |  England

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific