Seal pup ‘Timbit’ rescued from BC shore – Smithers Interior News


An ‘unusual rescue’ unfolded at Blackie Spit over the weekend.

Surrey RCMP responded to the South Surrey seafront at around 8.30am on Sunday May 22 after bathers expressed concern about a newborn seal apparently abandoned.

“The pup appeared to be abandoned on the beach so police placed the pup in a bucket of water and contacted the Vancouver Aquarium,” the Cpl said. Vanessa Munn told Peace Ark News.

“A representative from the Aquarium was present and felt that the puppy was probably premature, therefore abandoned by its mother.”

Glenn Petersen was at the beach when it all happened and said the pup, with its umbilical cord still attached, was stuck near the tip of the spit, with an eagle circling overhead.

“Concerned individuals called into the situation, and after rescuing the little tyke, officers awaited the arrival of Vancouver Aquarium personnel who were on their way to retrieve him,” Petersen said. Peace Ark News by email.

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Nicknamed Timbit — this year’s naming theme for such rescues is “Sweet Treats,” says a press release about the nickname — the young harbor seal was the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Center’s first patient of the season. farrowing 2022.

Officials of the program – which rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 150 marine animals each year – said during their attendance that members of the rescue team determined the pup was weak and needed to be transported.

It is believed the youngster was on the shore “for a long time”.

His name was chosen because of the white fur coat called lanugo that is typical of puppies born early in the season, the statement explains.

Since arriving at the rescue center, he has been tube fed five times a day and given additional fluid therapy.

“Due to human interference or separation from their mothers, these baby seals require the care of specialist MMR staff,” the statement continued. “The center’s goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and release these animals into the wild.”

The statement also included a reminder to the public not to disturb any marine mammals they encounter in the wild.

“It is important to remember that it is normal for harbor seal mothers to leave their young on the beach to rest while they feed elsewhere. The best thing you can do if you see a baby seal that you suspect needs help is to keep people and pets away and call MMR,” said the director of the center, Lindsaye Akhurst.

The rescue center can be reached at 604-258-7325 (SEAL).

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