Picture: RSPCA

The first orphaned common seal pups of the season have arrived at the East Winch Wildlife Centre.

A common seal pup, named Muffin, was found in Waxham and rescued by the Friends of Horsey Seals last Wednesday.

The pup, weighing 8.5kg, was thought to be just a few days-old when she was rescued after her mum didn’t return. 

Muffin joined Cupcake who had arrived at the centre two weeks ago after being found at Snettisham.

A concerned member of the public found the pup, thought to be two to three-days-old, and kept monitoring for a few hours to see if his mother would return – but she never appeared. 

The weak pup, weighing 9.85kg, was too far away from the tide, so rescuers from SEA LIFE at Hunstanton picked him up and took him to the centre.

Evangelos  Achilleos, manager at East Winch Wildlife Centre, said: “Cupcake  was our first common seal pup this season and is lucky to have survived and we believe he had been separated from his mum and would have perished without her milk.

“We are doing all we can to make sure he is fully rehabilitated and recovered before being released back into the wild. 

“We’ve named him Cupcake as this year’s theme for common seals is Desserts and Sweets.

“Cupcake and Muffin are currently being fed on a diet of liquidised mackerel. Both seal pups  are likely to be with us for a few months – but we will do all we can to rehabilitate them and get them ready to be released back into the wild.”

The centre is looking after 25 seals, 23 are grey pups which have been rehabilitated and will be released back to the wild in the next couple of months.

The RSPCA urges the public not to approach seals and keep dogs well away and on a lead, as seals are wild animals and can have a nasty bite. 

Anyone concerned about a seal should observe from a distance and never return the seal to the water – contact the RSPCA for advice on 0300 1234 999.