5 day-old baby seal stuck in mud, rescued by cows in England

5 day-old baby seal stuck in mud © Natureland Seal Sanctuary
A baby seal was stuck in the mud in a natural reserve in England. Being underweight, dehydrated and left without a mom, the animal was sure to die, but she was miraculously rescued by cows who apparently became interested in the furry ball.

The rescue ‘mission’ took place in RSPB Frampton Marsh, a natural reserve in Lincolnshire, England. A local bird watcher, Ian Ellis, noticed a herd of about 30 cows surrounding something near a muddy puddle.

“When he looked through his telescope he saw that they were surrounding a tiny seal pup [stuck in] a creek,” said a Facebook post from Natureland Seal Sanctuary, an animal attraction center in Lincolnshire, which later took the baby animal in. The seal’s mother was nowhere to be seen, according to Ellis.

5 day-old baby seal stuck in mud © Natureland Seal Sanctuary

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“Once we got the pup back to Natureland, she went straight into the Seal Hospital to begin treatment. Her main problem is that at only 5 days old, she was orphaned and therefore had not fed for a while, she had lost quite a lot of weight and was dehydrated,” one Natureland’s directors, Richard Yeadon said.

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Yeadon added that the baby seal received “rehydration fluid through a stomach tube” and is now getting “high fat herrings which will help her gain back the weight.

“She is also on a course of antibiotics to combat a breathing problem. Once she is stronger, she will continue through the rehabilitation process until she is 60-70lb (27-31 kg) and is able to feed in the water by herself. We will then release her back to the wild.”

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The rescued seal was named Celebration as Natureland Seal Sanctuary is marking its 50th anniversary this year.

“Thanks to Mr Ellis, Celebration is now progressing well and looking forward to a second chance of life in the wild,” the sanctuary said.