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PICTURES: Seal pup washes up in Portreath and takes refuge in a garden

By WBJLock  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

  • This seal pup went for a wander into a Portreath garden after being washed up.

  • Volunteer Dan Jarvis examines the pup before it was taken to the Cornwall Seal Sanctuary in Gweek.

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THIS adorable seal pup washed up by rough seas in Portreath took a break from the stormy weather and sought refuge in a garden 40 feet from the water.

It is believed the tide was too strong for the eight-week-old male pup to get back into the water.

Rather than face the rough conditions he went for a wander up the slipway in Portreath and along the road.

He then made his way to the garden of Jon and Val Wise where he was found by volunteer animal rescue workers before being taken to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek.

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Mr Wise said it was “unusual” for a seal to come on land and in his 20 years living in Portreath it was only the third time he had seen one around the harbour area.

Mr Wise said: “I was asleep at the time but looked out of the window and saw a photographer out there then saw the seal on the grass next to my home.

“It seemed the tide was too much for the seal who had a few minor injuries. But he was treated by some volunteers and transported to Gweek.

“We live around 40 feet from the harbour slip way, so we think he’s made his own way here.”

Volunteers from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Dan Jarvis and Simon Bone examined the pup before he was taken to the seal sanctuary.

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