Pepper the seal to be released back into the wild
A rescued seal that was found in Bundoran is set to be released back into the wild this Saturday in Rosbeg after a two and a half month rehabilitation at the Irish Seal Sanctuary (ISS) in Court Town Harbour, Co.Wexford.
The grey seal, which is known as Pepper, was found badly injured by local beach walkers in early November and was taken to the Seaview Veterinary Clinic in Ballyshannon where it was stabilised over two days.
ISS Donegal co-ordinator John Lynch transported the injured seal to the Irish Seal Sanctuary in Wexford where it was nursed back to health.
On arrival at the Sanctuary, the seal pup was severly underweight weighing only 20 kilos and had a very bad infection in her mouth, with swollen gums and missing teeth as well as having a serious chest infection.
According to Lynn More, Animal Manager of the Irish Seal Sanctuary, the brave seal pup was treated to a series of antibiotics to help clear up her infections and volunteers had to flush her mouth out routinely with a saline wash. Pepper was able to get her strength back through daily exercise in the Sanctuary's bath as well as being fed on a diet of Herring every day.
The Irish Seal Sanctuary has organised an event for her release which is taking place this Saturday in Rosbeg at 2.30pm and promises to be a fun day out for the family.
Lynn More has described it as a public event as everyone is invited to come along and say goodbye to Pepper as she is released back into the wild.