Wales

Seal pup Aye-Aye found abandoned on Abereiddy beach

Rescued seal Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption Aye-Aye is now recovering at a centre in Taunton

An abandoned seal pup has been rescued from a Pembrokeshire beach - the first to be found this season.

RSPCA Cymru said it was "unusually early", with the seal season usually starting in mid-September.

The pup found on Abereiddy beach was named Aye-Aye, a type of lemur, after it was decided to name rescued seals this year after rare wildlife species.

In 2017-18, more then 100 seals were rescued from west Wales, with the charity braced for another busy year.

Aye-Aye, a female that was very nasally congested and thin for her age, was taken to the RSPCA's specialist centre in Taunton for rehabilitation.

RSPCA Cymru's Ellie West said if anyone spots a seal pup on a beach to keep a safe distance and monitor it for 24 hours to see if the mother returns.

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