Local birdwatcher Ian Ellis was surprised to see a different kind of animal mingling amongst cows in Lincolnshire, England. A five-day-old seal pup was separated from her mother and accidentally wound up on the field, away from the water.

"There are seals on the edge of the marsh but it was the way the cows were so inquisitive that made me look," Ellis said.


Ellis saw the lost animal through his telescope at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) sanctuary. The kindly birdwatcher rescued the lost pup and wrapped her in his jacket while he waited for help to arrive. The seal was turned over to the Natureland seal sanctuary to recover from hunger and dehydration. 

Natureland named the lost pup Celebration in honor of the sanctuary's 50th anniversary. Celebration will remain at the sanctuary until she's at least 60 pounds and can fend for herself.

[h/t: BBC]