200km mercy dash to save sick seal

2015-08-24 13:05
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Durban - In a desperate bid to save an injured seal that beached near Richards Bay at the weekend, rescue volunteers rushed the injured animal more than 200km to the closest available vet.

Despite their efforts, though, the Cape Fur seal died during the night.

Dorian Robertson, NSRI Richards Bay station commander, said that volunteers received word of the beached animal on Sunday afternoon.

"We were alerted by members of the public to assist at 5 Mile Beach where a seal appeared to be injured on the beach. The bystanders appealed to the NSRI for help," he said. 

"With the seal appearing to be dehydrated and hypothermic, NSRI attempted to rally support from official animal agencies and vets in the area. Then we contacted uShaka Marine World in Durban."

Although uShaka confirmed they could assist, the mammal had first to be transported to Durban.

"The seal was loaded onto the back of the bakkie and transported in the care of a volunteer crew comforting it - wrapped in blankets - 200km to uShaka Marine World where vets were on stand-by to receive the seal," Robertson said.

"It was confirmed that the seal was dehydrated and hypothermic and vets were able to feed it a milk lactate and begin a re-warming process. But NSRI Richards Bay were informed on Monday morning that despite all of the efforts made, the seal had sadly passed away during the night."

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