A SEAL pup who was found stranded and alone on a Cork beach is now in safe hands thanks to the help of a Garda officer.
In Carrigaline, County Cork, a juvenile seal was discovered orphaned or abandoned on the strand at Robert's Cove.
An on-duty Garda who was in the right place at the right time found the baby seal and stayed with it until help arrived.
Members of an Garda Síochána assessed the pup's welfare before calling Seal Rescue Ireland for assistance.
With the help of the specialised rescue charity, the pup was taken into their care and is now in safe hands at Seal Rescue Ireland's centre in County Wexford.
Taking to Facebook to share an image of the Garda and his rescue, Gardaí from the Southern Region wrote:
"Carrigaline car assisting a seal pup on the beach at Robert’s Cove.
"The juvenile seal pup was assessed by Garda members who requested the assistance of Seal Rescue Ireland. Their volunteers are now looking after the pup."
Carrigaline car assisting a seal pup on the beach at Robert’s Cove.
The juvenile seal pup was assessed by Garda...
Fellow animal charity My Lovely Horse Rescue praised the Gardaí for their actions, writing: "Once again our [Gardaí] helping our animals in distress. THANK YOU"!
Members of the Gardaí have been praised by animal lovers across Ireland following several high-profile rescues of animals in recent weeks.
Earlier this week, Gardaí in Kilkenny, with the help of My Lovely Horse Rescue, seized 27 dogs and horses from a property in Callan.
At the time, MLHR admitted the situation was "shockingly sad".
All animals seized from the property in Callan are now being taken care of by charities across Ireland.