A WOMAN in Norfolk was stunned to find an adorable baby seal in her back garden – four MILES from the sea.
The three-week-old pup was spotted rummaging in bushes by the shocked homeowner on Wednesday.
A woman in Norfolk spotted the baby seal rummaging through the bushes in her back garden – four miles from the coast[/caption]
It is thought the adventurous critter travelled up a drainage system and was scavenging for food.
The woman, from Terrington St Clements, then called the RSPCA to pick up the tiny seal.
Experts say it would have likely starved to death had it not been caught so quickly.
RSPCA officer Naemi Kilbey said: “When the call first came through I was wondering if there had been a misunderstanding as to how far inland this pup had been found.
The baby seal was checked over by the RSPCA before being released into the wild[/caption]
“But it turned out this little pup really was miles from the sea.
“He was an incredibly feisty little fella and it took all my strength to catch and rescue him.
“But it would have been his spirit and fight for life – that would have kept him alive during his ordeal.
“If he hadn’t been found he would have likely have died of starvation due to not being able to find any food.
“I’m so glad that this was a happy ending and that the pup was found.
“He really was quite a character.”
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The pup was taken to the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre in East Winch, Norfolk, where he was checked over before being released to the shore.
RSPCA East Winch centre manager Alison Charles said: “Seals are incredibly strong and powerful wild animals and can have a very powerful bite which can cause horrible wounds.
“People may think they are helping, but these are wild animals, and need to be left well alone.
“If you see a sick or injured pup please call the RSPCA’s emergency cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.”
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