The RSPCA has rescued an abandoned Gwynedd seal pup, found skinny and alone on the side of the Mawddach Estuary.
A member of the public spotted the collapsed seal and notified RSPCA Cymru. The poor pup’s mother had not been seen for three days.
The charity attended and rescued the seal on Sunday October 8, who has now been transferred to specialist wildlife facilities at Stapeley Grange in Nantwich for rehabilitation and support, ahead of an anticipated return to the wild in the future. Hodor is making excellent progress at the centre.
Staff at the centre have affectionately nicknamed the pup after Game of Thrones star Hodor. In recent weeks, other pups rescued from across Wales have adopted nicknames inspired by characters from the hit television show, namely Theon and Jon Snow.
Will Galvin, RSPCA animal collection officer said: “This poor pup’s mother had not been seen on three days, and he was in a pretty helpless state, washed up alongside the Mawddach Estuary in Gwynedd, and with wounds on his body – though he was still quite lively.
“Fortunately, the pup was spotted by a member of the public, who notified us, and we were able to complete this rescue.
“It’s been a busy time for seal pup rescues recently in North Wales, with this pup joining others at our specialist facilities in Nantwich for rehabilitation.”
This incident marks the latest seal pup to be rescued in North Wales in recent weeks, with others collected from Abergele and Llandudno.
RSPCA Cymru is reminding the public what to do if they see a seal pup and think it is in need of help.
ACO Galvin added: “Anyone who sees a pup whose mother hasn’t returned within 24 hours, is on a busy public beach, or looks sick or injured, should call our 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999.
“It’s also vital members of the public do not approach seals, and keep dogs well away and on a lead, as wild animals can have a nasty, unexpected bite.”
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