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A MAJOR operation was launched in Dunoon on Saturday evening after a member of the public spotted a young seal pup on the promenade.

Dunoon Coastguard Rescue Team joined forced with police ans volunteers after they received a call about the seal at around 7.30pm.

The coastguard said a member of the public spotted a young seal pup on the West Bay prom.


They attended the scene and with the help of Catriona McIntyre from Bute and Cowal Vets, provided emergency lighting and helped keep curious members of public away from the pup.


The coastguard said a volunteer from a local small animal rescue group also attended, and provided an extra blanket and some support to the vet.


The Dunoon Coastguard Rescue Team said: “In any such emergency, we would welcome members of public to get in touch with the coastguard, who have ready access to a network of support for any such task.
“In Dunoon, there is a local wildlife rescue charity; Barbara’s Wildlife Rescue & Rehab who may also prove useful in such a task.
“In any coastal, cliff or beach emergency, dial 999 and ask for Coastguard.”




Police Scotland added: “Something a little different for Dunoon’s PC’s King and White this weekend - a seal pup rescue at the West Bay Promenade along with Dunoon Coastguard who were summoned by Wildlife Officer PC MacKay.
“We don’t just keep people safe.”


The seal pup was safely returned to its natural element.


Well done to all involved.

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