Sarah E

Sad seal news

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I’m sorry to tell you that Olaf, the seal pup who was rehabilitated and returned to the wild by staff at the RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre in East Sussex, has died.

Olaf, just after he was returned to the wild.

Olaf was the youngest seal pup the centre had ever taken in so it was always going to be a challenge to rehabilitate him.  His umbilical cord was still attached and his still had his downy coat, which is usually lost before birth.

Staff gave him round-the-clock care and Olaf gradually increased from 8.7kg to a healthy 34kg and was ready to be returned to the wild.

What happened?

We don’t really know what happened to Olaf but it looks like he just couldn’t cope in the wild after he was released. Some young seals, whether they have been brought up in the wild or spent some time in captivity, just aren’t strong enough to survive. This could be down to food supply, disease or competition from other seals.

His body was discovered on a beach in France and he was identified by his tag. All rehabilitated seals are tagged, which means that the RSPCA can identify them if they’re spotted or sadly die. French scientists examined Olaf’s body and believe he died of pneumonia (a disease that affects the lungs).

Although this is very sad, the RSPCA continues to learn from rehabilitating wild animals.

Sarah E

Sarah E

Hello my name is Sarah. I put together animal action magazine (with the help of Dougal, my gorgeous cockerpoo pooch!). I also have two cats - Coco and Tom. Dougal LOVES Coco, but is a bit scared of Tom. He knows what Tom's claws can do! I love all animals so working for the RSPCA is perfect for me. I can't wait to start talking to you all over this brilliant blog! 🙂

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11 Responses to “Sad seal news”

  1. Daisy

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I hate it when animals die. Thank you RSPCA for doing all you could to save him-I really admire your work.

  2. Neve. Ableson

    im soooooooooooo sad about olaf the seal.
    I bet you animal action people wernt expecting that at all. we all loved Olaf the seal and were very sad he died.

  3. Lily jones

    NOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo that is so sad news because I saw him in the animal action Magusine .

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  5. Ellie

    We ALL loved Olaf but don’t worry Olaf is still in our hearts.

  6. Ellie

    If Olaf could speak I think he would say thank you.

  7. lauren23/10/15

    Poor Olaf.I’m sure he had a happy life.

  8. Missy ♥ animals

    Soooooooooooooo sad !!!!!!!everyone knows you did the best you could! poor olaf!!!!!!


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