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Child is bitten by a seal despite warnings

Child in Dorset bitten by seal
Photo: Wyke Coastguard

Just days after a warning not to approach seals, a child has been bitten by one when a group of onlookers got too close to the animal.

Yesterday, the seal came out onto the shore at Greenhill to get a break from the choppy waters. Having seen how distressingly close members of the public got to the seal, people were warned to follow the ‘Seal Watching Code of Conduct’.

Although when beached, our friendly seal may look docile, it can and will give you a nasty bite if you try and get too close as demonstrated by this child this afternoon.

Wyke Coastguard

The video below shows someone approaching the seal and trying to stroke it, at which point, the seal turned around and bit the child.

Although when beached, our friendly seal may look docile, it can and will give you a nasty bite if you try and get too close as demonstrated by this child this afternoon.

Posted by Wyke Coastguard CRT on Saturday, 13 June 2020

On the topic of lone seal pups on beaches, the RSPCA states:

It’s not unusual to see a seal pup by itself. Seal mums leave their pups very early on in life, when they are weaned at three to four weeks old.

If you find a seal pup that looks fit and healthy and shows no signs of distress, monitor it first from a safe distance for 24 hours.

Too many seal pups are taken into captivity because people mistakenly think they’ve been abandoned.

RSCPA

For more information about what to do if you see a seal pup, and how to tell if one needs help, visit the RSPCA website.

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