Ian Ellis was just doing his thing at the Frampton March nature preserve in Lincolnshire, England, when he came across what can only be described as a truly once-in-a-lifetime sighting.
He was out for a day of bird watching when he spotted a group of cows behaving a little oddly and surrounding something. His best guess was that it was a distressed animal, but he couldn't be sure exactly what.
His curiosity led him to approach the scene, where he saw that the cows were huddled up around a baby seal who was stuck in the mud. The ocean was just three miles away, but the seal was in such rough shape that Ian knew simply returning it to the water wouldn't be enough.
Luckily, help was on the way. Rescuers were called to the scene, and they took her back to the Skegness Natureland Seal Sanctuary, where she was treated for dehydration and lung infection, as well as malnourishment.
The seal responded to treatment very well. She made a full recovery, and even found time to make some new friends, such as this seal called Charlie!
Once she was strong enough, her rescuers decided that she and Charlie were both ready to return back to the wild!
They nicknamed the seal "Celebration," and it's really awesome that she got to return home with her new best friends in tow.
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