ANIMAL lovers gathered at Portencross Harbour on Sunday afternoon to see the release of two rescued seals who had been receiving care.

Hessilhead Nature Reserve returned Aaron and Leo to the Clyde in front of over 100 wellwishers.

There were bucket collections on the day for Hessilhead as the pair made a real splash with the crowd.

Hessilhead, based in Beith, cares for injured and orphaned wildlife and includes a seal hospital with indoor pool and operates a 24-hour emergency service.

A number of undernourished seal pups have also been rescued from the coastline in recent months.

Leo was found on Largs shoreline weighing just 15kg. He was treated for lungworm and several wounds, possibly dog bites.

Aaron came from the Isle of Arran and was picked up by the countryside ranger service. He weighed 16kg, was underweight for his age and was also treated for lungworm.

The two seals shared a pool at Hessilhead prior to release.