Animals

Herd of 30 curious cows find tiny orphaned newborn seal stuck in mud

June 9th, 2021

Ian Ellis, a 67-year-old birdwatcher, is in charge of keeping birds safe and secure. He is employed in the Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom.

Instead of observing birds via his telescope one lovely day, he discovered a bizarre scene: a herd of 30 interested cows around a frail tiny seal pulled out in a muddy puddle.

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When Mr.Ellis got a bit closer to assess the situation, he noticed that the seal was in distress and appeared to be in poor health, so he wanted to assist it. Fortunately, other than their rising curiosity and enthusiasm to learn more about what the tiny animal was up to or something, the cows did nothing to damage the little seal.

The wardens of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Reserve and Skegness Natureland in Frampton Marshes were then contacted by Mr. Ellis.

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When the news reached the office, one of the directors immediately ordered the baby seal’s rescue and instructed Mr. Ellis and RSPB Staff Warden Toby Collett on how to transport the pup to a safe location. Fortunately, they were able to assist it in getting out of the mud.

“We were able to give advice about how to take the seal out of the situation, and Ellis was able to recover it with the help of wardens,” said Seal Sanctuary director Duncan Yeadon in his interview with ABC News. “They took her back here to the seal hospital, where she’s still recovering at the moment.”

The tiny seal’s condition was worse than they expected.

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According to the veterinarian who examined the tiny seal pup’s health, she was only approximately five days old, underweight, dehydrated, and suffering from a chest infection that was causing her breathing difficulties. It’s a good thing the cows discovered the seal pup just in time because if they hadn’t, this cute little gal’s life might not have been saved.

“We know she wouldn’t have survived out there if she was just left there on the beach,” Duncan Yeadon said. “As soon as we returned the puppy to Natureland, she was sent to the Seal Hospital to begin therapy.

Her biggest issue is that she was orphaned at the age of five and had gone without food for a long time.

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As a result, she had lost a lot of weight and was dehydrated. She’s on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories currently and should be out of the hospital within the next week. After that, it normally takes us three months for her to grow enough weight and train her how to eat fish before we release her back into the wild.”

They named the little pup seal “Celebration.”

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Officers at the RSPB called their newborn seal “Celebration” in celebration of the sanctuary’s 50th anniversary of animal operations, praising her as kind and pleasant. He described her as “quite nice, extremely trusting, and not difficult to treat because she accepts all of the care we’re providing her.”

“She’s not trying to bite our hands,” says the narrator. “She’s really submissive.”

The tiny seal pup is now recovering and looking forward to a second chance at life.

Celebration is presently moving smoothly, thanks to the assistance of generous RSPB Reserve officers. “Once Celebration has recovered entirely, she will be transported to one of the sanctuary’s pools, which are open to the public for viewing,” Yeadon added. He also stated that she will most likely be nursed back to health before being released into the wild in September.

Check out the video about Celebration’s rescue below!

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Source: ABC News, Facebook

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