An orphaned week-old seal pup - named Jon Snow after the Game of Thrones character - is being cared for at an RSPCA wildlife centre after being found alone and hungry on a beach.
The weak and lethargic grey seal had been without his mum for three days on Penrhyn Beach, in Llandudno, North Wales. This was reported to the RSPCA on September 30, who rescued him later that day.
He was taken to the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, where staff have named him Jon Snow after the Game of Th rones character.
Lee Stewart, manager at Stapeley Grange, said: “He was being monitored by the North Wales Wildlife Trust for three days and when it became apparent that his mum wasn’t coming back to him, they called our National Call Centre for help.
“He was pretty weak on arrival as he would have been unable to feed himself on the beach. He is now on a fish soup diet and will hopefully soon be putting on weight.
“Jon Snow particularly likes suckling on a towel so we are making sure he is never without one in his cubicle. We are hopeful that he will make a full recovery and can be returned to the wild soon but that may be a few months off. Rehabilitating orphaned seal pups can take up to 4-5 months.”
RSPCA inspector Andrew Broadbent added: “This poor pup was found in a lethargic state, having been separated from his mum for a three-day period. Fortunately, we were alerted to his plight, and were able to transfer the animal to our specialist wildlife centre in Nantwich.”
In August, a common seal pup rescued from Towyn beach in Abergele was also given a Game of Thrones nickname - Theon.
If you see a pup whose mother hasn’t returned within 24 hours, it’s on a busy public beach, or if you think the seal may be sick or injured, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour advice and cruelty line on 0300 1234 999. Never approach seals and keep any dogs well away and on a lead, as they are wild animals and can have a nasty bite.
The RSPCA publishes additional information about what to do if you see a seal or pup on the beach alone.