The orphaned baby seal later named Celebration has had a bizarre string of adventures since it left the ocean. However, this little seal is recuperated and returning home today to live a hopefully normal life. The strangest part? This success story is ultimately thanks to a herd of very curious cows.
Back in July, Celebration was just a few days old when she became separated from her mother. However, as she wandered inland into Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve in the United Kingdom, it wasn't humans that found her when she became stuck in the mud, it was cows. The grazing herd of 30 cows slowly gathered around the baby seal in order to investigate this strange new creature.
As more cows joined in, the unusual cow grouping caught the eye of visiting bird watcher Ian Ellis who took a closer look through his telescope before being utterly shocked to find a seal pup amongst a herd of cows.
Rescuers swarmed the scene, but after a fruitless search for Celebration's mother, they took her in for care. The young pup was underweight, dehydrated and developing a lung infection which required long term care. She was given a temporary home at the Skegness Natureland Seal Sanctuary where she made friends with another recent addition, a young seal named Charlie. Both seal pups focused on the one job a young seal has: eating as much as possible. However, this week the sanctuary deemed that both Celebration and Charlie were ready to be returned to the sea together after gaining enough weight.
Both Ellis and the team from Natureland gathered at the ocean shore not far from where Celebration was found to see the pair of seals off. Unfortunately, the herd of 30 cows that had originally discovered Celebration weren't able to make the trip down.