Starving seal pup stuns landlord after it turns up at pub 300 miles from home

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A starving wild seal pup from Scotland has showed up 300 miles away in England at the front door of a pub.

Shocked staff at the Old Lock & Weir in Bristol discovered the underweight animal in their courtyard.

And when they checked its tag, they were even more surprised to find the seal had travelled south from Scotland to the English boozer, having arrived on January 2.

The inn is 300 miles from the Scottish border, where it was last monitored.

Landlord Daniel Rawlins told Bristol Live: "He was wandering up outside on the road heading towards the pub."

"He got to the wall and was literally at the front door. He'd come a long way for a pint!"

The seal had previously appeared on the slipway next to the pub at about 11.30am that morning, and staff managed to look after him while they waited for help until eventually letting him swim off.

Daniel said: "We didn't really know what to do and thought we'd let nature take its course as he seemed like he wanted to get back in the water, and he swam off."

But half an hour later the seal reappeared, this time fully getting out of the water and making a break for dry land.

Staff managed to keep him in a safe place by placing empty bread crates around him, but Daniel said he was a "bit of an escape artist."

He added: "We were taking it in turns to take care of him [until the rescue team arrived] – even the customers, when it was busy and we [staff] were needed in the kitchen.

"I could sense he was good around humans, he wasn't stressed or anything."

The RSPCA confirmed it is now caring for the seal, since nicknamed 'Nacho,' in its intensive care unit at West Hatch wildlife hospital.

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