Decapitated Seal Heads Nailed to Sign of Co Kerry Sanctuary
Staff at the Dingle Seal and Wildlife Sanctuary were sickened to find two decapitated seal heads nailed to their sign this morning.
The seal sanctuary, which has been featured on WorldIrish several times, rescues and rehabilitates wildlife, including a large number of seals, in the southwest region of the country.
A Garda investigation is taking place.
Ally McMillan, Animal Manager at the sanctuary, told Breakingnews.ie how she made the discovery:
Ally McMillan, animal manager, said the freshly decapitated seal heads had been nailed to a piece of wood, which was drilled to the sanctuary’s sign.
Red paint, which resembled blood, was used to scrawl the words: “RIP Cull.”
“It was sickening,” said Ms McMillan.
Situated on 22-acres of wetland the sanctuary regularly releases animals back into the wild.
We featured the sanctuary back in April when Ally told us about the work they do there to help seals return to the wild:
Many of the seals, like Suzy, arrive to the sanctuary with a slew of health issues. According to Animal Manager Ally McMillan, Suzy has been at DWSS since November 2011 when she was taken in from Rosslare Harbour in County Wexford.
She was only between 3 and 4 weeks old at the time, weighing just 12 kilograms and was only 2 feet long. She was underweight with a nasty cold, fever, and some small wounds in and around her mouth. Suzy was brought to the sanctuary after she was found by people walking on the beach who were concerned for her as she was on her own and had some breathing troubles, and blood on her face.
After arriving at DWSS, Suzy was tube-fed re-hydration solution and nurtured back to heath by the Animal Care Team. She was soon moved to the Nursery pools and began eating fish on her own, which is the final stage of the rehabilitation process where the seal pups gain confidence and learn to compete for fish with the other seals, gaining weight and muscle mass. Suzy has now reached the correct weight for release back in to the wild, and will be taken back to County Wexford to return to the colony from which she originally came from.
Aside from the work it does with seals, the sanctuary takes in a wide range of animals including these kid goats that we featured earlier in the year: