First Patients - Two Gray Seal Pups - Arrived to Repino

17.03.2014

First seal pup was brought to the Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Centre, located at Vodokanal of St.Petersburg wastewater treatment plants, on Friday, and the second one got there last weekend. Rehabilitation Centre specialists got the information about several seal pups near a dam to the south if the Kotlin island on Friday, however there was no chance to get close to them because of rapidly crumbling ice. As a result, the first seal pup - a female -was rescued by emergency workers, who managed to get to the pup using special equipment from the training ship. The animal was taken to the rescue station of EMERCOM in Kronstadt and then handed over to specialists. The seal is in satisfactory condition, he lost contact with his mother shortly before he was rescued. Baby's weight is 29 kg and his age is about one and a half weeks.

Baby’s weight is 29 kg and his age is about one and a half weeks

The second pup – a newborn Baltic gray seal, male - was found on Saturday on the territory of the Kronstadt Naval plant. "The kid was born a couple of days ago, and maybe the female has not even fed him yet, - says Vyacheslav Alekseev, director of Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Centre of Leningrad region. - He was covered with an oil film. We washed him, but there is still a risk that in a few days the baby will feel worse, because newborn pups hardly endure oil intoxication". Specialists make causeous prognosis.

The kid was born a couple of days ago, and maybe the female has not even fed him yet

Late February and early March is a beginning of breeding season for marine mammals on the Ladoga Lake and the Gulf of Finland. In our region there are two species of pinnipeds - Baltic gray seal and two subspecies of ringed seal. All the marine mammals of Leningrad region are put in The Red Book of the Russian Federation. Specialists are seriously concearned about the Baltic ringed seal population, not more than two hundred animals are left in Russian territorial waters.

If you see a seal pup on the shore, do not approach him and do not give out your presence. And be sure to call the professionals: +7 (812) 699-23-99 ( twenty-four hours a day). After a course of rehabilitation all rescued animals will be released into the environment.