Jon Snow the seal pup


Seal pup resting front flippers on a purple towel in rehabilitation centre © RSPCA

An orphaned ten-day-old seal pup is being cared for at our wildlife centre after being found alone and hungry on a beach. 

The weak and lethargic grey seal had been without his mum for three days on Penrhyn Beach, in Llandudno, North Wales.

He was taken to our Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, where staff have named him Jon Snow after the Game of Thrones character.

Rehabilitating the seal pup

Lee Stewart, manager at Stapeley Grange, said:

He was being monitored by the North Wales Wildlife Trust for three days and when it became apparent that his mum wasn’t coming back to him, they called our National Call Centre for help.

He was pretty weak on arrival as he would've been unable to feed himself on the beach. He's now on a fish soup diet and will hopefully soon be putting on weight.

He particularly likes suckling on a towel so we're making sure he's never without one in his cubicle. We're hopeful that he'll make a full recovery and can be returned to the wild soon but that may be a few months off.

Rehabilitating orphaned seal pups can take up to five months.

Finding a seal pup

If you see a pup whose mother hasn’t returned within 24 hours, on a busy public beach, or if you think the seal may be sick or injured, please call our 24-hour advice and cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

Keep dogs on a lead and well away from seals, as they're wild animals and can have a nasty bite.

Find out what to do if you see a seal or pup on the beach alone.

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