Adorable seal pup is plucked to safety from flooded coastal road
An infant seal pup was left stranded on dry land after floods propelled him onto a road in Stradbally, Co. Waterford.
Luckily, the gardai were on hand to join forces with the Waterford Animal Rescue and delivered the seal to safety.
Waterford Traffic assist ISPCA with a washed up seal pup on the roadway in Stradbally. Hopefully make full recovery. pic.twitter.com/aBIUYqf7XS— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) December 28, 2015
It is expected that the animal will make a full recovery.
Andrew Quinn (51) of Waterford Animal Resuce said that the young grey seal was assessed and found to be uninjured.
"The seas were extremely stormy and it's not hard to see how he came to be washed up on the road," he told Independent.ie.
The seal pup was released into "calmer waters" near Dunmore East.
Twitter was quick to respond to news of the rescue, with words of praise for those involved in the operation.
The Garda Traffic twitter account revealed its sense of humour, and gave a nod to the impending storm, declaring:
"If male they should call him 'Frank'".
Meanwhile another tweeter quipped "I hope it wasn't Stradbally in Laois. The floods are bad but not that bad."
We wish the little pup a speedy recovery.
@GardaTraffic I hope it wasn't stradbally in laois. .. floods bad but not that bad...— Paul Feeney (@feeneypaul) December 28, 2015
@GardaTraffic poor little thing - thanks to all who helped rescue— marianne ryan (@marianneryan15) December 28, 2015
@marianneryan15 if male they should call him "frank"— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) December 28, 2015
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