Lost pup is early arrival at animal rescue base
IT IS well used to caring for dogs young and old but a Swansea-based animal shelter facility has helped in a rescue of a different kind of pup.
The RSPCA's Llys Nini Animal Centre in Penllergaer welcomed a seal pup through its doors this week after the youngster lost its way somewhere in the Irish Sea and ended up on the Cardiganshire coastline.
As Llys Nini has a specialist seal rescue facility an RSPCA inspector brought the pup to Swansea for treatment.
It appeared quite unwell and after being cared for over Thursday night the seal was sent to the RSPCA's specialist seal rescue centre in Taunton in Somerset.
A spokesman for Llys Nini said: "Once a pup has been reported the inspector will monitor it for 24 hours to see if the mother returns to feed it but then if it's injured they will bring it in.
"It usually gets busy between September and January, when the weather gets worse, and they get bashed around by the rocks.
"This pup was only about a week old and was quite poorly and very underweight.
"We were able to rehydrate it and give it some veterinary care before it went down to Taunton.
"Fingers crossed after a little bit of TLC it will gain weight and be released after a month."
The sex of the seal, an Atlantic grey, was not determined.