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Volunteers rescue stranded seal pup

The seal pup was found stuck between rocks on New Year's Day Credit: St. Mary's Seal Watch

An adorable baby seal has been rescued by wildlife volunteers after becoming trapped among rocks on New Year's Day.

The pup was found with just his head sticking out of a hole at St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

St Mary's Seal Watch were contacted and members were able to gently manoeuvre the animal to safety, before releasing him back into the wild.

Volunteers were called to help the pup Credit: St. Mary's Seal Watch

Normally when seals appear stuck, they will manage to get themselves out, but this poor thing was well and truly trapped.

It is likely that having been spooked and attempting to get across the rocks from where it was resting that young pup misjudged the hole it was trying to cross and slid backwards.

– Spokesperson, St Mary's Seal Watch

The pup was found facing out with just its head out of the hole.

Amazingly, the seal pup was not injured in his ordeal and was released back into the sea.

The seal safe and well after its release Credit: St. Mary's Seal Watch

Luckily this little one was spotted early and with volunteers on site we were able to rescue it swiftly.

– Spokesperson, St Mary's Seal Watch