Officials believe the seal was stranded after being carried into the marshes by the high tide
Like the most adorable meteor the world has ever seen, a precious baby seal suddenly landed in the middle of a cow pasture in Lincolnshire, U.K.
According to ABC News, a birdwatcher at Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve recently spotted a bewildered seal pup sitting on the ground surrounded by several curious cows. Worried that the tiny animal was in distress, the birdwatcher, Ian Ellis, contacted authorities.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which protects the marshes, responded to Ellis’ call and contacted Skegness Natureland Seal Sanctuary for help.
“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,” Seal Sanctuary director Duncan Yeadon told ABC News. “They took her back here to the seal hospital, where she’s still recovering at the moment.”
The veterinarians currently caring for the seal believe the pup was only 5 days old when she arrived. The baby, now named Celebration, reached the hospital dehydrated, malnourished and suffering from a chest infection. Officials believe the little one was carried into the marshes during high tide and was unable to get out after the water receded.
“We know she wouldn’t have survived out there if she was just left there on the beach,” he said. “She’s now on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and will hopefully be out of the hospital in the next week. Then it’ll usually take us about three months to put sufficient weight on her and teach her how to eat fish before we release her back into the wild again.”
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The sanctuary plans to release the “friendly” and “trusting” Celebration back into the wild in September.