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Stranded seal pup is saved

The seal pup stranded on rocks at Torquay Harbour Credit: Living Coasts

An injured seal pup has been rescued after being stranded at Torquay Harbour.

The youngster was spotted on the seaward side of Haldon Pier at lunchtime on Monday (29 December). As the animal's mother was not in sight, keepers at Living Coasts rescued the pup with the help of towels and a tarpaulin.

She was taken to the RSPCA centre at West Hatch near Taunton. Staff there identified her as a girl, weighed her and named her. Shubunkin - who at 11 kilos is considered small for a grey seal pup - is now showing signs of eating and, if everything goes smoothly, will be returned to the sea soon.