Baby seal rescued from bath tub
Seal experts have carried out an unlikely rescue - after being called to find a pup in a bathtub.
Rescuers from the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary in Norfolk were called out by a dog walker who returned from his latest walk in nearby Holbeach with an extra passenger in his car.
Mark Allsop had spotted the seal five days earlier in the same location, when the newborn pup seemed healthy and lively.
When he came across her the second time, she seemed weak and listless.
Not knowing what else to do, Mr Allsop slung her across his shoulder and drove the 40 minutes back to his home in Medlock Crescent, Spalding, with her on his passenger seat.
"My wife Ilze was understandably astonished," said the 40-year-old fruit factory warehouseman. "She was as concerned about the pup as I was though, but it took just a phone call to the Sea Life Sanctuary at Hunstanton and they were here within an hour-and-a-half.
"In the meantime I'd offered it some tinned salmon, which it ignored, and put it in the bath and run some cold water for it, but it tried to crawl away from the water, so we just left it in the empty bath."
Hunstanton's rescued seals are this year being named after Olympians. The pup was christened Jessi-Jane, after swimmer Jessica Jane Applegate.
Hollie Stallworthy, one of the animal care team members who went to retrieve Jessi-Jane, said: "She was in a very sorry condition and it was touch and go whether she would survive. Her trip to Spalding obviously hadn't helped matters, but Mark acted with the best of intentions and without doubt the pup would have died had he not found her."
The seal spent a few days in intensive care but is now on the road to recovery. Jessi-Jane should be fit enough to move from the seal hospital into the outdoor convalescence pool in around six weeks' time. If all goes well the seal could be ready to return to the wild in about three months.