Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Grey seal pups rescued off the island's coastline

Four seal pups have been rescued after becoming stranded off the Manx coastline in stormy weather.

One of the animals, only three weeks old, was found at Scarlett car park suffering from pneumonia.

The pups are being looked after by the Manx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA).

For the next few months they will be fed on a diet of fish soup until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild in the New Year.

Although grey seals are a familiar sight around the Isle of Man, they are one of the rarest seals in the world.

The seal pups stay on the beach when they are being fed and can get separated from the mothers.

The MSPCA warned that although the babies look vulnerable they should not be approached.

The charity has cared for 34 seals since 2001, a service which costs around a thousand pound a week.

Each seal eats about 10 fish a day and they are also given vitamins and anti-biotics to help build up the animal's strength.

In 2009 three grey seal pups (Coley, Pollock and Haddock) rescued after stormy weather were released back into the wild.

Sightings should be reported to the Foxdale-based charity.

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