Birdwatcher Ian Ellis noticed a herd of 30 cows acting strangely when he was walking through a marsh sanctuary on the banks of Lincolnshire, England. He took out his telescope and surely enough he saw that the cows were gently nudging a stranded animal that was stuck in mud.
The cows’ strange behavior brought attention to the scene
Ellis walked up to the herd and saw a seal pup, believed to have been only five days-old at the time of the incident. The baby seal likely waddled out of its water habitat and into the muddy puddle after the tide receded. It looked like the pup was deprived of food and water.
Fortunately, the herd of local farm-cows quickly took notice of the beached sea mammal and did not harm it. It would prove opportune that the cows made such a commotion to see the seal, because it eventually got passerbys to realize something strange was going on.
Ellis quickly contacted the Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness for help. Under their instruction, he was able to move the pup safely as authorities made their way to the site of discovery.
“There are seals on the edge of the marsh but it was the way the cows were so inquisitive that made me look,” Ellis said.
“We think she got separated from mum and get caught in the tide and then became stranded when the tide went back out again,” Natureland director Richard Yeadon said.
While at the hospital, the seal was named “Celebration” in honor of the clinic’s anniversary, and the staff started feeding the hungry baby.
‘Hopeful she’s going to pull through!’
“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,” Yeadon said.
“Once she is stronger, she will continue through the rehabilitation process until she is 60-70lb and is able to feed in the water by herself. We will then release her back to the wild,” he said, according to The Telegraph.
But where is Celebration now?
While at Natureland, Celebration recovered, and she even made a new best friend with another lost seal named Charlie, who was taken to the rehabilitation center around the same time!
The two became so close that they were eventually released back into the ocean together, after it was decided that they both gained enough weight to return to the waters, according to The Dodo!