Tuesday 30 May 2017

Adorable seal pup is plucked to safety from flooded coastal road

Gardai assisted the ISPCA with the removal of the seal pup from the road in Stradbally
Credit:Twitter/@GardaTraffic
Gardai assisted the ISPCA with the removal of the seal pup from the road in Stradbally Credit:Twitter/@GardaTraffic

Sarah-Jane Murphy

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.

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.

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