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Community Life Champion Diane steps in to help rescued seal

Our Blythe store stepped up to help a rescued seal after she was found injured on Blythe Beach last week.

Community Life Champion Diane Barnes feeding Primrose the seal

British Divers Marine Life Rescue in Newcastle approached Community Life Champion Diane Barnes to see if they could do anything to help the injured seal. The team have given her a rather unique name too – Primrose Possom!

Primrose the seal

Diane said: “As a Community Life Colleague I get a lot of requests for help. Primrose eats up to 12 mackerel or herring per day which was proving costly for the vets so they asked me if I could help to provide this for the sick seal. I was only too happy to take some fish to feed Primrose and it must have been good as she swallowed it in one bite!”

The rescue team noticed her wandering around the beach for a few days and as they took a closer look it seemed like the seal could possibly be blind in one eye. After taking her to a few local vets they realised she wasn’t ready to be released, so she’s been put on a course of eye treatment in the hope it will get better.

Julia Cable from British Divers Marine Life Rescue said: “She’s a local seal who we really want to keep local as she could have possibly been taken much further away – Asda have helped make that possible by donating fresh fish to keep her well fed and close by at local vets.”


Primrose has set up home at the St Clair veterinary care centre where she’s waiting to see an eye specialist – if she’s given a clean bill of health she’ll be released back into the wild. To find out more about British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the fantastic work they do visit their website.

Posted in News & Blogs on 11 April 2014
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