Police never know what the day might bring when they put on the uniform.
For one Sidney-North Saanich RCMP officer, their duties this week included rescuing a stranded seal pup on North Saanich’s Chalet Beach, and the end of Tatlow Road.
The pup, now named Laki’Kai, was transported to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Response Centre, where vets say she is lethargic and underweight but should recover.
The centre is currently caring for 111 seals, most of them pups who had been abandoned.
But while Fisheries and Oceans Canada says this the height of the season for seal pup strandings, it’s important for the public to remember that not every seal that seems abandoned needs help.
The department has issued a set of guidelines, urging people who find seal pups to leave the animals alone, not to try to feed them or move them.
They ask people to take note of the animals condition and size, and calling the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Hotline, 1-604-258-SEAL, or the Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre at 250-357-0777, if they see cause for concern.