Lost seal pup (via Daisy Swann)

Tuesday 24th January 2023

Lost seal pup found in field miles away from sea

A lost seal has been rescued after it turned up in a farmer’s field – more than 30 miles (48 km) from the sea.

The puzzled pinniped was spotted in the Lancashire village of Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, after apparently swimming upstream along the River Darwen.

Veterinary nurse Rebecca Adair said she was walking her dog on Sunday when she saw her neighbour “frantically waving” after finding the mammal.

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Jonathan Downes
Cryptozoologist, naturalist, musician, singer, composer, poet, novelist and Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology since 1992. Jon was born in Portsmouth in 1959 and spent his infancy in Nigeria and his childhood in Hong Kong. His wife Corinna died of cancer in 2020, leaving him with two stepdaughters and a six year old granddaughter called Evelyn.