A pup for Keith the seal? Excitement as baby seal spotted in river

Worcester News: Is this the first picture of Keith's pup? Picture by Darren Nightingale (s) Is this the first picture of Keith's pup? Picture by Darren Nightingale (s)

THE riverbank is awash with speculation that Keith the seal may have given birth to a pup.

A family believe they spotted the popular Severn seal swimming alongside a young pup on Sunday morning.

Sarah Louise Moore’s 13-year-old son James was the first to spot the baby seal as his family enjoyed a spot of fishing at a riverside caravan park near Malvern.

Another seal spotter Darren Nightingale, from Shirehampton, Bristol, took this picture after seeing a seal south of Carrington Bridge on Sunday afternoon - close to where the family saw the pup.

After comparing it to other pictures of Keith, he believes the seal he saw looked a lot smaller and could have been a pup.

“Comparing the two pictures, it definitely does look like a smaller seal,” he said.

Mrs Moore, 32, from Halesowen, had been at the riverbank with her stepfather Rick Foster, son and husband Michael as well as another fisherman when they first spotted Keith surfacing near to where they were fishing.

A moment later, James jumped up shouting and pointed out the pup in the water.

Mrs Moore said: “We had spotted Keith because she appeared right in front of us and it was only moments later that we saw the pup.

“Unfortunately, the pup was too quick as I tried to get a picture and it disappeared back under water.

“It’s very cute but it seems a bit startled where as Keith is happy fishing and doesn’t seem bothered by anyone.”

There was speculation that Keith could have been pregnant when she first appeared in Worcestershire at the end of 2012 and seemed reluctant to leave.

Keith, named after a Royalist commander after first being spotted in Powick near a battlefield, is thought to be a common or grey seal.

Common seals typically give birth in June or July while grey seals give birth later in the year, around October.

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11:58am Wed 2 Jul 14

robbo1664 says...

Got my club ready just waiting for the seal hunting season to begin
Got my club ready just waiting for the seal hunting season to begin robbo1664
  • Score: -19

12:10pm Wed 2 Jul 14

CJH says...

Stop reporting on Keith! It just brings out the intellectually challenged whingers. Let Keith and Keith junior enjoy themselves.
Stop reporting on Keith! It just brings out the intellectually challenged whingers. Let Keith and Keith junior enjoy themselves. CJH
  • Score: 12

1:02pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Scarlettsnan says...

robbo1664 wrote:
Got my club ready just waiting for the seal hunting season to begin
Really not a nice comment !!! I for one enjoy reading about Keith's antics. So happy for Keith and baby :)
[quote][p][bold]robbo1664[/bold] wrote: Got my club ready just waiting for the seal hunting season to begin[/p][/quote]Really not a nice comment !!! I for one enjoy reading about Keith's antics. So happy for Keith and baby :) Scarlettsnan
  • Score: 7

2:45pm Wed 2 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

there must be more than a 'Keith' then!
there must be more than a 'Keith' then! liketoknow
  • Score: 8

3:52pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Andy1955 says...

Please don't give out his location!
Please don't give out his location! Andy1955
  • Score: 10

5:51pm Wed 2 Jul 14

davyb says...

Yeah don't mention it was by Carrington bridge, anybody thought it may be an otter.
Yeah don't mention it was by Carrington bridge, anybody thought it may be an otter. davyb
  • Score: -1

7:20pm Wed 2 Jul 14

pinkfluff says...

robbo1664 wrote:
Got my club ready just waiting for the seal hunting season to begin
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
[quote][p][bold]robbo1664[/bold] wrote: Got my club ready just waiting for the seal hunting season to begin[/p][/quote]Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz pinkfluff
  • Score: 3

11:17am Thu 3 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

Andy1955 wrote:
Please don't give out his location!
shhh, It's in the river!
[quote][p][bold]Andy1955[/bold] wrote: Please don't give out his location![/p][/quote]shhh, It's in the river! liketoknow
  • Score: -1

1:30pm Thu 3 Jul 14

whyme says...

Another one that the anglers will want destroyed.
Another one that the anglers will want destroyed. whyme
  • Score: 0

3:48pm Thu 3 Jul 14

robbo1664 says...

as soon as i find out where it is i will be seal hunting.....
as soon as i find out where it is i will be seal hunting..... robbo1664
  • Score: -4

4:56pm Thu 3 Jul 14

susanna24 says...

Please do not tease us, or are you with horrid comments?

Its great to have this wild mammal so close to us all around here.
Please do not tease us, or are you with horrid comments? Its great to have this wild mammal so close to us all around here. susanna24
  • Score: 1

10:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Whilst I can understand all the elation at a pup being spotted perhaps it is time to think a little more carefully about the potential problems of a colony of large predators in the Severn.
With no natural predators a seal colony could grow at a virtually exponential rate. Even assuming a slow rate of reproduction the colony could double in numbers every five years. Starting with three at the moment that would give a colony of 48 seals in 20 years from now or over 3,000 in 50 years time.
Obviously the Severn could not support a colony of that size. The Eco-system would have gone into total meltdown long before then.
Is this really what you want?
Whilst I can understand all the elation at a pup being spotted perhaps it is time to think a little more carefully about the potential problems of a colony of large predators in the Severn. With no natural predators a seal colony could grow at a virtually exponential rate. Even assuming a slow rate of reproduction the colony could double in numbers every five years. Starting with three at the moment that would give a colony of 48 seals in 20 years from now or over 3,000 in 50 years time. Obviously the Severn could not support a colony of that size. The Eco-system would have gone into total meltdown long before then. Is this really what you want? New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 0
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