A rescued seal pup now at Natureland was discovered by a herd of cows at an RSPB reserve on Frampton Marsh, it has been revealed.
A spokesman for the attraction said that Ian Ellis, of Boston, noticed a herd of 30 cows behaving strangely near a muddy puddle whilst out on the reserve on June 22.
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.
On closer investigation Mr Ellis realised that the mother was no where to be seen, so he contacted the wardens of the reserve and Skegness Natureland.
Duncan Yeadon, one of Natureland’s directors, explained to Mr Ellis how to move the pup to safety and staff from the centre then went out to collect her.
Another of Natureland’s directors, Richard Yeadon said: “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 five 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: “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.