A beached seal pup received a helping hand from White Rock Mounties last week.
Police were advised at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday of a seal pup found near the white rock.
Officers responding noted the pup appeared to be in distress. They placed it in a large cooler and brought it to the Pacific Avenue detachment, where care of the seal was transferred to marine mammal-rescue staff from the Vancouver Aquarium.
According to aquarium officials, the pup – which has been dubbed Neodymium and is being treated for infected wounds – was the third seal to come from the area this month.
A male harbour seal was admitted as a patient on Sept. 13. Given the moniker of Caesium – the naming theme at the aquarium this year is the periodic table of elements – the seal arrived from White Rock and had multiple wounds and remains in care.
A harbour seal was also rescued from Crescent Beach this month.
The lethargic, underweight female was admitted on Sept. 18 also suffering from upper respiratory issues. Named Mendelevium, she, too, remains in care.