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PHOTOS: 'Harassed' seal pup dies in Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:41pm 7th December 2018. (Updated at 4:35pm 7th December 2018)

An injured seal pup has had to be put to sleep, just days after people were seen shooing her back out to sea in Cornwall.

The six-week-old animal was first spotted at Nanjizel near Land's End with a large amount of blood around her mouth.

The RSPCA were on the way to help but when they arrived, inspectors found she had been ushered back into the sea.

The pup was rushed to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary after being spotted again two days later, but did not make it.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue warns that whether people's intentions are good are not, the animal may have felt harassed.

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A six-week-old seal pup has had to be put down after she was ushered back into the sea in Cornwall when she was injured.

“When we got down to her on the beach there was a feeling something was very wrong.

"She was draped over the rocks as if she had just been washed up and left behind rather than hauling up there by herself. 

"Her mouth was bloody and badly infected and there were two deep injuries to the right side of her head, one of them into her eye socket, that were also infected and very swollen. 

"She was also severely malnourished for her age".

Natalie Waddington, British Divers Marine Life Rescue

“If she had been rescued a couple of days earlier when she was first reported, she would have had a much better chance of survival. 

"Instead, she was forced to starve and suffer because of human actions, no matter how well-intentioned they may have thought they were.

“In the last few years there has been in increasing number of incidents not just in Cornwall but in many parts of the country where hauled out seals have been chased or harassed into the sea as well as being attacked by dogs – both intentionally and unintentionally. 

“The story of this seal, the traumatic final days she was forced to endure and the sad circumstances that led to her death I feel strongly should not be left untold. 

"I would urge beach users to please join the call to help spread the advice we provide as much as they can, so that we can at least try to find something good that can come of this awful incident and give this pup’s life and death some meaning".

Dan Jarvis, British Divers Marine Life Rescue

If you spot stranded marine animals contact the rescue hotline on 01825 765546.

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