Rescued Seal Pup Named After 1D Star

31 July 2017, 12:56 | Updated: 31 July 2017, 13:00

pup rescued by the RSPCA

A member of the public alerted the charity after spotting the stranded seal.

Inspector Naomi Norris went to the scene.

She said: "The local community really rallied around the help this little chap so I’d like to say a huge thank you to them all.

"We were able to get him to our specialist wildlife centre at RSPCA Stapeley Grange, in Cheshire, where he’s been receiving expert treatment.

He’s underweight and is struggling to breathe properly so staff will be investigating the cause of that. They are currently tube feeding him around the clock to get him back up to a healthy weight.

Once he is well enough he’ll be moved to another RSPCA wildlife centre in Norfolk where staff have the expertise and facilities to help him with his long-term rehabilitation."

The seal has been named Harry Styles after the One Direction star.

The charity's often called out by members of the public who are concerned about a seal or a pup they spot on the beach or near the water. However, the charity asks that people be sure not to approach the seal and make sure it is in need of help before alerting us.

Inspector Norris added: "Too many seal pups are taken into captivity because people mistakenly think they have been abandoned. However, some pups can become separated from their mothers by storms or other problems, and will need help."

"Other pups may not be feeding properly for some reason. If the individual looks fit and healthy, and shows no signs of distress, please don’t touch them.

An underweight pup will look thin and sleek with a visible neck whereas healthy pups will look big and fat, with no visible neck. A seal on a busy public beach (with adults, children or dogs around or close to the seal) is likely to have something wrong."