Rare black seal pup rescued in Scotland13/03/2013 16:19:35 Melanistic seal rescued from Aberdeen beach
March 2013. A rare black seal pup is recovering in the Scottish SPCA's care after being found struggling to survive on Aberdeen Beach.
Leucism, albinism & melanism - Leucism is a very unusual condition whereby the pigmentation cells in an animal or bird fail to develop properly. This can result in unusual white patches appearing on the animal, or, more rarely, completely white creatures. This seems the mostly likely explanation.
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"All going well we hope to release him back in to the water within the next month."
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.
Black seal pups are very unusual - Photo courtesy of Scottish SPCA