Â JK Rowling‘s infamous Harry Potter books may have helped the world cope with it’s prejudice towards people with auburn locks – but it appears her presence is not yet felt in the animal kingdom…
If only seals could just pop down to their local bookstore and grab a copy of the award winning, globally renowned series.
With the likes of Ron Weasley and his family holding proud the flag for red heads, the cute and cuddly mammals would soon see that a main of fiery hair is certainly nothing to be ashamed off.
Sitting utterly alone on a grey beach facing blistering cold winds, the little fellow had been outcast from its family and colony.
Is it a crime to be unique, with it’s unusual yet gorgeous red fluff and pale blue eyes? The rest of it’s sleek black relatives seem to think so.
As soon as this seal pup popped into this world, it’s parents and fellow seals took an instant dislike to the ginger cutie, leaving it to fend for itself.
These heart wrenching pictures of the lonely baby were snapped by Anatoly Strakhov, who spotted the unique seal on Tyuleniy Island, Russia.
The wildlife photographer, 61, said: â€˜He was hiding and waiting for his mother to come and feed him.
â€˜He had a very strange colour fur and looked different from his two black brothers.
‘I was pleased to be able to capture such an unusual animal, but the poor seal is almost blind and so was unlikely to survive in the wild.â€™
Thankfully the little chap is no longer fending for it’s self.
Accompanying Mr Strakhov on his shoot was staff from a dolphinarium. After seeing the newborn left to waste away, they promptly took it into care, where it is now thriving.
The pup â€“ whose beautiful auburn coat is the result of an accumulation of iron in its fur â€“ no doubt would have been more popular had it been born in the U.S. Where in San Francisco there lives one of the biggest concentrations of red-haired seals in the world.