Adorable seal pup caught on video taking a break on South Shields steps

Visitors to South Shields yesterday may have spotted a seal pup taking a break and lazing about on the pier steps.

Sunday, 28th April 2019, 3:55 pm
Updated Sunday, 28th April 2019, 4:00 pm
A seal pictured on the steps near South Shields. Picture by Abigail Green

Adorable video footage shows the inquisitive pup taking a look around on the steps at the south pier, near the lighthouse, before posing for the public above and taking a little rest.

The 'cute' animal was caught on camera by Abigail Ellen Green who filmed the pup getting settled on the steps.

A seal pictured on the steps near South Shields. Picture by Abigail Green

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Abigail, who teaches geography and is head of year 13 at St.Wilfrid's RC College, said: "I was doing fieldwork with some students at the beach and heard a passer-by mention they had seen one.

"So as I was walking back along the pier I was just saying quite jokingly ‘I’m disappointed I haven’t found a seal’ and then spotted this cutie! It made my morning."

Passers-by may fear that the animals are in need of help, animal welfare chiefs have urged people to stay away from them.

And it's only necessary to call for help if a seal is stranded for days, or appears to be sick or injured.