Staff at Skegness Natureland Seal Sanctuary found themselves in a difficult situation when they received an emergency call from a man named Ian Ellis.
Apparently, Ian was bird-watching at the RSPB’s Frampton Marsh Preserve when he saw something unusual through his telescope.
From his telescope, Ellis saw a small creature submerged in some marshy soil. The cows all seemed to be looking on anxiously at the little animal but didn’t know how to help them.
Considering the lack of time and the uncertainty of the situation, the sanctuary workers provided Ian with crucial instructions on how to navigate around the herd and retrieve the baby. When he got a better look, he was shocked to realize that the creature was not a pup, but rather a baby seal! The next hour was tense. But the 67-year-old animal lover meticulously followed the workers’ advice and successfully hauled the traumatized pup to safety!
By the time Ellis was able to get the baby seal pup to the sanctuary hospital, it was not doing too well. The pup, who would later be named Celebration, was dehydrated and lethargic.
She was just 5 days old and most likely was orphaned. The vet speculated that Celebration ended up in the marshland after being swept away in a high tide. For the next few days, the baby seal was on hydrating fluids until her health eventually stabilized.
This must have been a truly frightening experience for the seal pup. Imagine you are just 5 days into your existence and you have no parents to help, no idea what to do and everything is scary. Thankfully, a kind-hearted animal-loving birdwatcher named Ian Ellis was able to rescue her and give her a chance at life.