ENGLAND— A herd of cows helped a man save a 5-day-old seal in a muddy field in England, said Natureland Seal Sanctuary.
On June 22 a man from Boston England, Ian Ellis, noticed a herd of 30 cows through his telescope behaving strangely in a field at the Reserve at Frampton Marshes. He found that the cows were surrounding a tiny seal who was stuck in a puddle, with its mother nowhere to be found.
Ellis contacted the wardens of Skegness Natureland and one of the directors, told him how how to move the seal out safely. Staff from Natureland went to the reserve to retrieve the seal and took her immediately to the seal hospital to begin treatment, according to one of Natureland’s directors, Richard Yeadon.
“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,” Yeadon said.
Natureland staff gave the seal rehydration fluids and high fat herrings to help her gain weight. She is also on a course of antibiotics to combat a breathing problem, and once she is stronger and at least 60-70 pounds she will be released back into the wild, Natureland Seal Sanctuary said.
The seal was named “Celebration” as it is Natureland’s 50th anniversary this year.