Animals are incredibly self-reliant, but on occasion, we may see an animal that needs a little human intervention. In fact, it often makes the news because it is unusual for them to need such assistance.
Perhaps that is why the story of this seal has captivated so many people. He was first spotted on October 6 with a metal can stuck on his lower jaw. That was in Belfast, Ireland, near the Harland & Wolff shipyard.
At the time, harbor police did try to rescue the animal but he ended up swimming off before they had the opportunity to do so.
Two days later, a local aquarium got involved because they were afraid the seal would drown because of the can, which was acting as a muzzle at that point.
It would be another two weeks before the seal was again seen in Scotland. By this time, he had traveled some 80 miles from the shipyard.
The seal was discovered by Ministry of Defense police officers in a storm drain and rescuers were able to approach the seal and remove the can.
After the news was posted on Facebook, people were overjoyed with the rescue mission.
The Ministry of Defense Police Clyde Marine Unit office was also vocal on the subject, telling people to be careful with the way they dispose of their rubbish when they are near a waterway.
In a press release, they stated, “we urge people to take extra care in how they dispose of their rubbish, particularly near waterways where items could cause harm to others, including local marine life inhabitants.”Whizzco