About 30 cows were spotted gathering around an unusual animal that was in the mud.
That prompted Ian Ellis to pull out a telescope he had with him for bird watching and zoom in on the herd.
He couldn’t believe his eyes when he noticed a small seal pup on his property in England.
The pup, obviously, was far from its watery home, prompting Ellis to take action, according to reports.
As Ellis got closer, he noticed that seal’s mother was nowhere to be seen, and he then contacted the wardens of the RSPB Reserve at Frampton Marshes.
The wardens got input from the nearby Natureland Seal Sanctuary, and they immediately transported the seal to a nearby hospital.
The seal was less than a week old.
“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,” Richard Yeadon, a director at Natureland, said in a wire report.
“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 & was dehydrated,” he added in a Facebook post.
Then, “We gave her rehydration fluid through a stomach tube and are now giving her high fat herrings which will help her gain back the weight. She is also on a course of antibiotics to combat a breathing problem,” according to Yeadon.
The seal, once stronger, will get more treatment.
The seal won’t be released back into the wild “until she is 60-70lb and is able to feed in the water by herself,” he stated.
Weeks later, according to The Dodo, the orphaned seal was returned back to the ocean.
“A photo taken shortly after the release shows Celebration staring out at the ocean as she prepares to dive in, finally back where she belongs. All thanks to a birdwatcher and some very puzzled cows,” the Dodo wrote.
Ellis, 67, of Boston, England said he was just happy the seal is fine.
It’s still not clear how the seal got into the muddy cow pasture, but photos of the incident have gone viral over the years.