A seal pup which ended up in a garden at the height of the winter storms is ready to go back to the wild.
Rover was just eight weeks old when storms washed him so far inshore in early February, he ended up in a garden in Portreath, Cornwall - several hundred feet from the nearest beach.
Surprised homeowners John and Val Wise found Rover wandering round their lawn. Words and photo: PA.
They alerted coastguards who in turn called The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, who sent an animal care worker to collect the bemused and disorientated pup.
"He was a good healthy weight, but had taken a bit of battering to his lips and chin and had suffered a few cuts and bruises to his flippers from being tossed around by the heavy seas," said head seal care expert Tamara Cooper.
Rover spent 10 days in the sanctuary's indoor hospital and quickly earned a reputation for being one of the feistiest of the winter casualties.
"Staff learned to be extra careful when cleaning up near Rover, as he was completely fearless and apt to try and take a bite out of anyone getting too close," Ms Cooper said.
"He has been completing his recovery in our convalescence pool and is now a hefty 30 kilos and healthy enough to return to the wild."
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