Rescued seal safely delivered to Mablethorpe sanctuary

rescued seal

Rescued seal safely delivered to Mablethorpe sanctuary

A small seal, rescued by Humberside Police and Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue earlier this morning, has reportedly arrived safely at Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary.

rescued seal

The precious mammal was found at 3:44am today, Thursday 13 January, outside the new Wilkin and Chapman building near Grimsby town centre.

The seal may have gotten so far by swimming a long way up Freshney River.

It did not appear to be injured at all during its adventure, but it is now going to be looked after by professionals long term.

rescued seal

Earlier this morning, a spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “This morning, we received a report of a seal near the town centre.

“Unfortunately, the seal didn’t want to hang around, resulting in one of our slower pursuits.

“Happily, a local charity were able to help out and took our unofficial mascot to a Skegness sanctuary.”

A spokesperson for Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue said: “We was called to Grimsby town centre by Humberside Police at 03:44 this morning for a small seal outside the new Wilkin and Chapman building!

“How it managed to find its way to this location is a complete mystery but it’s lucky that it was the police who had spotted it!

“As sanctuaries aren’t open at 4am and the area it was in was too dangerous for it to be left, the only option was for it to come back with us to the rescue until more suitable long-term sanctuaries could be arranged.”

rescued seal

They added: “Thankfully, we’ve just got the call and it’s got the allocation to Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary.

“We’ve brought seals to this sanctuary before and know it’ll be in great hands!”

Thankfully, this story ended in a positive way.

If anybody spots lost sea mammals far from their homes in the future, it is advised that you contact local charities for assistance so as not to disturb or frighten them further.

(Images: Humberside Police / Cleethorpes Wildlife Sanctuary)

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