Animals

Injured Young Seal Nursed Back to Health and Released

Rescuers streamed her return to the ocean live, watch it here!


A baby seal nursed back to health was released into the ocean in a very public ceremony that was streamed live on the internet.

Last November, Seal Rescue Ireland found Sesame on the beach, severely underweight and with deep cuts all over her body. They think waves from a large storm had thrown her against rocks along the shoreline. She was 5 or 6 weeks old at the time, and weighed just 13 kilos (about 29 pounds).

Sesame was near death when rescuers found her.

Now at around a year old, she's a healthy 42 kilos (around 92 pounds) and ready to return home. Here's the video, shot and narrated by Seal Rescue Ireland's animal care manager Sam Brittain:

"It's really encouraging to see her take straight to the waves," said Brittain. "The last time she was in the sea was probably a bit of a traumatic experience for her."

A little girl and her family won the privilege of opening the cage door.

Volunteers and well-wishers gathered around to demonstrate their support during the release and cheered Sesame on once the cage was opened. "We're really happy with how many people showed out to give her a good welcome back to the sea" said Brittain. Seal Rescue Ireland is a charity that works to rescue, rehabilitate, and release Grey and Common Seals from around the coast of Ireland. You can support them through their "adopt a seal" program.

(Images: Seal Rescue Ireland Facebook & Instagram ; Video: EcoWatch Facebook )

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