When I arrived home today I found Sue busy working on a new piece or so I thought. When I asked what it was going to be, she told me it wasn’t anything in particular more an exercise to get her juices flowing. Whatever it turns out to be it looks quite beautiful.
That leaves us without an assemblage related post for the blog today and me responsible for coming up with an alternative. As my Etsy related posts are not quite ready, you’ll have to make do with my tale of Sunday morning driftwood gathering.
I got up early yesterday – Sunday, got dressed for the beach and jumped into the car to go gather some free fuel for the stove. We’ve had some extremely high winds over the past couple of weeks and you’d think this would bring plenty of driftwood ashore. Not so! In fact, there has been less wood than usual – I put this down to the seas being so big that they took everything out to sea rather than brining things in.
Anyway, I managed to find a few pieces but, whilst in the last of the local coves I visit I came across this little fella all on his lonesome.
This close encounter more than made up for the lack of wood. He was real cute and only small. Despite frequently seeing them in the sea around the local headlands I’ve never been able to get this close. Worried that he was all alone I rushed home to notify the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals). Their advice, which you’ll find below, is to observe for 24 hours before intervening (if its obviously injured they will of course intervene asap). Sure enough, when I returned this morning there was no sign of him. I checked the are and seeing no signs of any disturbance or trauma I’m hopeful his mum came back to fetch him.
If you come across one of these please, follow the RSPCA advise below
Stranded seal pups on their own
If you find a seal pup that looks FIT AND HEALTHY and it shows no signs of distress, you may consider monitoring it from a safe distance for 24 hours. Unfortunately, too many seal pups get taken into captivity because people think they have been abandoned. If the mother does not return within 24 hours, we would ask you to contact our 24-hour cruelty and advice line 0300 1234 999.
A healthy pup looks like a big, stuffed maggot without a neck. However, a thin pup looks sleek (but not bony) and has a visible neck, like a healthy dog.
PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE SEAL. They can give a nasty bite, which will become infected by bacteria that live in a seal’s mouths.
Note: Do not allow dogs or other animals to harass a seal.
If a seal is scared back into the water, it could then be washed out to sea by strong currents and be lost. You should not put a seal pup back in the sea as it may get into difficulty.
If a seal pup is sick, thin or injured then we would ask you to contact our 24-hour cruelty and advice line 0300 1234 999.
When reporting an injured, sick or abandoned seal to our cruelty and advice line, make sure you are able to supply the following information:
Exact location; nearest town / village
Position on the beach, and state of the tide
How long you have observed the pup; any disturbance / risk to it; whether the mother has been seen
Any wounds / obvious signs of illness
Caution:- Handling of any animal either domestic, wild, dead or alive may be potentially hazardous. Obvious dangers include bites, scratches and general hygiene issues. Common sense should be applied in all instances and, if unsure, seek additional advice or assistance. Personal hygiene should be taken into consideration after handling any animal, whether it’s domestic, wild, dead or alive.
For more information on wild animals found alone, visit our page on orphaned wild animals.