Natureland’s 2015 Harbour Seal rescues started with an unusual situation

On 22nd June, Mr Ian Ellis of Boston noticed a herd of 30 cows behaving strangely near a muddy puddle whilst out on the RSPB Reserve at Frampton Marshe

On 22nd June, Mr Ian Ellis of Boston noticed a herd of 30 cows behaving strangely near a muddy puddle whilst out on the RSPB Reserve at Frampton Marshes.

When he looked through his telescope he saw that they were surrounding a tiny seal pup who had hauled out of a creek in their field.

When he went closer to investigate Mr Ellis realised that the mother was no where to be seen, so he contacted the wardens of the RSPB Reserve and Skegness Natureland. Duncan Yeadon, one of Natureland’s directors, explained to Mr Ellis how to move the pup to safety. Staff from Natureland then went out to collect her.

Another of Natureland’s directors, Richard Yeadon said:Mr Ellis & Celebration

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.

Richard Yeadon added:

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. 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.

The baby seal was named “Celebration” as it is Natureland’s 50th anniversary this year. Thanks to Mr Ellis Celebration is now progressing well and is looking forward to a second chance of life in the wild.

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