1. ITV Report

'Aye-Aye' the seal pup rescued from a beach in Pembrokeshire

Credit: RSPCA Cymru

An 'unusually early' seal pup has been rescued from a beach in Pembrokeshire.

The seal season usually starts in September but the seal pup, affectionately named Aye-Aye by staff, was taken in by Marine Life Rescue after she was found alone on Abereiddy beach last Monday.

Aye-Aye, who was very thin for her age, was then transferred into RSPCA care.

The seal is being rehabilitated at an RSPCA specialist wildlife facility Credit: RSPCA Cymru

The seal will undergo rehabilitation at an RSPCA specialist wildlife facility and be released back into the wild.

The rescue marks the start of a busy period for RSPCA as new seal pups are born.

Last year, officers in West and South West Wales rescued over 100 seals.

RSPCA animal collection officer, Ellie West urged people to be aware of what they should do if they find seal pups alone on a beach.

It is the summer holidays - so we're conscious that people may be coming across seals on beaches.

Should somebody find a seal pup that looks fit and healthy and shows no signs of distress, they should monitor it first from a safe distance for 24 hours.

If the mother does not return within 24 hours, or you think that the pup is sick or injured – please keep a safe distance and call our 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999.

– RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Ellie West