‘I am the Welsh walrus’ – Giant Arctic beast spotted relaxing on Pembrokeshire coast in rare sighting

An Arctic walrus has been spotted relaxing on rocks on the Pembrokeshire coastline of south Wales.

It is believed to be the first time in the RSPCA‘s history it has been called out to check on one of the giant animals.

The same walrus was seen on rocks in County Kerry, Ireland, just a week ago.

Animal rescue officer Ellie West said: "It seems this Arctic walrus has swum over to Wales and was resting on rocks when I went to check on him.

"He was resting and, although appearing slightly underweight, thankfully he wasn’t displaying any signs of sickness or injury.

"This is an incredibly rare sighting and these big, beautiful animals never usually venture so far south.

"The juvenile walrus has likely travelled down this way in search of food."

The walrus appeared to have a few scrapes but seemed in generally good condition and was seen to be swimming well.

Geoff Edmond, RSPCA national wildlife coordinator, said: "This was a landmark day for the RSPCA’s wildlife team.

"While we’ve been rescuing animals and responding to welfare calls for almost 200 years, I believe this is our first ever walrus call."

Ms West added: "We’re pleased he seems well but, if anyone spots him in this area or elsewhere and has concerns about his welfare, we’d ask them to call our emergency hotline on 0300 1234 999.

"We’d also ask members of the public who may spot him on the rocks to keep their distance and not to approach him or spook him as he needs to rest and conserve his energy.

"I will certainly never forget this day, in fact it’s still sinking in that I’ve been monitoring a walrus on the Pembrokeshire coast.

"It’s been absolutely amazing."

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