Walkers rescue premature seal

Jood and David with the premature baby seal they found at Benington Marsh
Jood and David with the premature baby seal they found at Benington Marsh

Dog walkers from Benington Marsh helped save the life of a premature baby seal when they discovered it lying on the marshes.

Jood Burkinshaw and neighbours David and Tamara Parsons spotted the day-old pup – still with its umbilical cord attached – and phoned Natureland seal sanctuary in Skegness who came to the rescue.

“David spotted the seal and realised it was breathing, so we used Tamara’s phone to find the Natureland website and, after a bit of a panic, their phone number,” said Jood. “We told them the location and described the seal as ‘about as big as a man’s welly sock’. A Natureland van arrived very quickly and I took them to where the seal was. It looked more lively than when we had first seen it and had opened its eyes and was flapping its flippers and mewing. The men were very efficient and the baby was loaded into a crate and taken away swiftly. They said it was very premature and may not survive, but did at least now have a chance.”

Natureland staff said the pup would have died of starvation or dehydration had he been found much later. They named the pup David, as he was born on Sir David Attenborough’s 90th birthday.

Jood added: “Natureland rang the next day to tell me the wonderful news David had survived the night and we were all delighted.”

The trio plan to visit the pup when he is well enough.