Capetonians have been reminded that sees are wild animals and they should not to be fed, neither should anyone try to approach or touch them. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency
Capetonians have been reminded that sees are wild animals and they should not to be fed, neither should anyone try to approach or touch them. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency

Cape residents reminded not to feed, touch seals as they are wild animals

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Oct 11, 2021

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Cape Town - Capetonians have been reminded that sees are wild animals and they should not to be fed, neither should anyone try to approach or touch them.

This comes after the City said it was informed of an incident on Strand Beach on Saturday, 9 October 2021, where a teenager was bitten by a seal.

It was reported that a group of teenagers swam up to the seal to try and touch it and subsequently, one of the teenagers was bitten. The teenager received medical treatment shortly after.

The seal involved in the incident is now being monitored by the National Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs (NDFFE).

The monitoring is needed because the seal has become used to people due to various groups feeding it fish at Harbour Island and the Gordon’s Bay Harbour.

The City of Cape Town reminded the public that:

  • Seals are wild animals and should not be approached, or touched
  • Feeding wild animals habituate them to people which is harmful to the animal, as well as the public
  • No one should feed a seal
  • Seals in general do not pose a threat to people if left alone and not harassed
  • Respecting wild life and giving them adequate space will ensure that we can share the natural environment with them
  • Should a seal approach you, you are advised to simply back away slowly and leave the animal alone

The NDFFE and the City will continue to work together, along with other partners to find a positive solution for this particular habituated seal.

Cape Argus

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