Original article from Kent Live
The RSPCA has issued a warning to dog owners after a seal was spotted 'sunbathing' in Maidstone.
The animal was spotted by concerned onlookers in the Rover Medway, between East Farleigh Lock and Tovil Bridge.
The charity has reassured locals that the seal appears to be in good health.
It has also urged walkers to keep their animals on the lead when near wildlife.
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An RSPCA spokesperson said: “We have received reports of a seal in the water between East Farleigh Lock and Tovil bridge near Maidstone.
"There have been concerns that the seal has been spotted out of the water and on the bank and may be in need of help. However, we’d like to reassure the public that ourselves and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) are monitoring the situation and the seal is healthy and not in any distress.
“It’s normal for seals to sit on a beach or bank for long periods of time and they could actually be resting or 'sun-bathing'.
“We would therefore like to remind the public to please remember that these are wild animals and need to be left alone."
They added: “We know that seals in the wild are an incredible sight to see, but people must remember that we need to respect nature and enjoy from a distance, and never interfere or get too close to them.
“We would also like to remind dog owners to please keep their dogs on a lead around wildlife.”