Swedish zoo fights to save stranded seal pup
TT/The Local/kh · 10 Apr 2011, 11:47
Published: 10 Apr 2011 11:47 GMT+02:00
Now, the pup’s personal ICU is a bathtub as it continues to fight to live.
A passer-by discovered the seal pup while out walking Saturday morning.
The pup was mad and hissed as a police patrol was called to the scene.
In the end, the young seal was escorted to Skansen with staff member Linda Askelund, who is responsible for animal care.
“It was totally dehydrated and had a nasty wound on its nose,” she told the TT news agency.
“Now, he has been pumped with fluids and given antibiotics and painkillers. I also have force-fed him with fish, but the key is to get liquids in him so that he survives.”
The 4-week-old seal currently resides in the bathtub of Askelund’s home in order to receive around the clock care.
It is unclear what happened to the little seal.
An old injury, it was likely caused by an attack from a large seal or other animal.
Seal pups normally nurse until they are 3-weeks-old, at which point their mothers abandon them because they have a thick layer of body fat for warmth and are capable of learning to fish on their own.
According to the wildlife emergency group, Viltjouren, it is quite common to find seal pups in Sweden.