This is the heartbreaking moment a seal pup cuddles up to his mate after being abandoned by his mother.
The two-week-old Grey Seal pup refuses to leave the tragic dead pup for hours as they are pictured together in a secluded sandy beach.
The abandoned pup appears to using his friend’s tragic body as comfort as he wraps his tail around it off the coast near Summercotes, Lincs.
Wildlife photographer Sean Weekly, 28, said: “This moment nearly brought tears to my eyes.
“This young pup was cuddled to another dead pup for quite a few hours.
“I can only assume it has been abandoned by its mother and is using the body of the other seal as some sort of comfort.
“It’s awful, it’s sad and it’s pretty rare behaviour. I’ve been doing this for four years and I’ve never seen it before.
“You’ll see him go away from the pup over the day but it would not leave more than 30m and kept coming back.”
Mr Weekly today (fri) said the pup in the picture taken in November 21 would have died and added: “He was seeing his own fate before it happened.
“When a pup is abandoned it will try to go to other females, males and even other pups to try to suckle – it will try everything to try to survive.
“But another female would just bite it because they have only got so much milk – so I think it’s got to the point when it just wanted to feel safe next to something without being bitten or thrown away and it decided that on this dead pup.
“Wildlife can be so cruel at times. I ultimately knew what was going to happen but there was nothing I could do.”