SEALS are not usually known for their hiking credentials – but Jelly the young pup has been on quite a mission.
The exhausted seal, named Jelly, was found at least half a mile from Abereiddy beach in Pembrokeshire in the early hours of Tuesday morning (2 September).
Animal collection officer Ellie West said Jelly, who is only a week old, had been on quite a tiring adventure. “Jelly was found in quite unusual circumstances,” she said.
“Members of the public renting a holiday cottage next to the beach woke up at 3am to a crying noise and found the seal at the back of the cottage.
“They tried to go back to bed, but continued to worry about its welfare and went out again but the seal wasn’t there. “They went looking for her and found her underneath a car half a mile up the road heading towards St David’s.
“Jelly was quite skinny and underweight. She had been on quite an adventure trying to find mum, but she had strayed some distance from the coast. “All she did was sleep when I got to her.”
Jelly was initially rescued by Terry Leadbetter from Welsh Marine Life Rescue at 4am and now has now been taken to the RSPCA’s West Hatch wildlife centre by ACO West for rehabilitation where she will be for some months until ready to be released back into the wild.
If you find a seal pup that looks fit and healthy and shows no signs of distress monitor it first from a safe distance for 24 hours.
Please don’t touch seal pups and keep dogs and other animals away from them. If the mother does not return within 24 hours, or you think that the pup is sick or injured – please keep a safe distance and call our 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
To contact Welsh Marine Life Rescue call 01646 692943.
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).