Zookeepers at a popular Devon tourist attraction are providing swimming lessons for a tiny seal pup.
The 10-week-old South American seal pup, hand reared by keepers when her mother was unable to produce milk, has dipped her toes - or in this case her flippers – into the water for the first time at Torquay’s Living Coasts Zoo & Aquarium.
Saved from certain death by a diet of around-the-clock fish ‘smoothies’ – a mix of double cream, fish puree, vitamins and minerals – surrogate parent Libor Mach has cared for the as-yet-unnamed youngster since she was separated from her mother at only a few days old.
The plucky youngster now weighs in at a healthy 11.5kg and is gaining between 100-200 grams per day. As part of his parental duties senior keeper Mr Mach takes an hour-long daily swim with the adorable pup.