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Heart-warming moment rescued seal pup is returned to Wales' oceans

A seal pup rescued by the RSPCA in West Wales has been returned to the wild after two-months of rehabilitation.

RSPCA released the footage after a 'unprecedented' summer of seal rescues in the area.

He was found at Quay Parade in Aberaeron in early August, injured, underweight and stranded away from the water, and taken into care at a wildlife facility.

The release took place on a beach adjacent to the RNLI's Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Station, in the Gower.

RSPCA Cymru said it has been dealing with a 'very challenging' period, with dozens of seal pups brought into the charity's care in need of support, in the aftermath of the recent Ophelia and Brian storms.

RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Ellie West said:

The poor pup had been through a difficult time, and was found alone, underweight and injured in Aberaeron.

However, after a period of care at our specialist centre in Hastings, he was brought back to Wales, and returned safely back to the wild – happy and healthy – in the Gower.

We're grateful to those at the RNLI's Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Station, who helped us access an area to safely release this beautiful pup.

– RSPCA, Ellie West

ACO West noted that this pup’s rescue was part of a period of an 'unprecedented' focus on seal rescues in the region.

RSPCA Cymru has faced a very challenging few months undertaking exceptionally high, unprecedented numbers of complex seal rescues across South West, and West Wales.

Approximately 40 seals have been rescued by RSPCA officers following the weather conditions caused by the Ophelia and Brian storms - as part of some 96 in total rescued since early September.

– RSPCA, Ellie West