Two exhausted seal pups have been transported to the Zoo
Currently seal pups can be sighted on sea coast of Latvia. Born at Estonian islands, they are brought here by sea streams and winds.
Some of them reach our beaches in bad condition and injured. On 7 March, experts of Nature Conservation Agency brought two such seal pups to the Zoo for rehabilitation.
What to do if one finds a seal pup on the beach?
Nature Conservation Agency has made an infographic that explains the correct course of action in case you see a seal pup on the beach. If you see a seal pup on the beach, please, do not try to chase it into the water and do not tease or scare it. Please, keep your dog on a leash, because we often receive seal pups with bite marks. Before doing anything, contact the specialists of Nature Conservation Agency by calling 29198590. They will contact regional environmental inspectors who will make the decision of whether to leave the seal pup on the beach or take it to the zoo. Do not try to move the seal pup on your own!
Every year, several seal pups (mostly grey seal pups) that have been found on the beaches of Latvia are brought to the Riga Zoo. Last year we received one grey seal pup. There have been years when we have received 12-16 seal pups. Most of the time they are emaciated and/or injured. Thanks to the zoo workers' efforts to feed them artificially, most of these seal pups survive. Some of them are then transferred to other zoos or oceanariums, but the rest are released back into the Baltic Sea. For many years, the city of Ventspils has been supporting the seal pup rescue operations carried out by the Riga Zoo.
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