Both the police and the RSPCA are helping rescuers save a gray harbor seal swimming in the sea in Briham, Devon with a two-foot bolt, shot from a crossbow, embedded in its back. Disturbing photos of the friendly, pregnant seal with the arrow protruding from her back were posted to the Facebook page of Devon Seals.
On Saturday morning, a second hand report stated a seal had been spotted the previous evening with a large spear stuck in its back. Throughout the summer the playful animal, villagers have named Sammy, has been a source of natural entertainment as she frolicked in the ocean. Witnesses have reported the animal to be relatively mobile, but now very nervous of her surroundings. Both Devon and Cornwall Police are aware of the incident and have been cooperating with local wildlife officials to help. A team from British Divers Marine Life Rescue are on standby.
The force’s wildlife crime officer has asked the public not to attempt to assist the seal and leave the task for the qualified RSPCA personnel. It is feared Sammy could be expecting her baby at any time. One infuriated Facebook follower posted:
“Pathetic excuse for a human whoever did it, some kind of morons attack horses and donkeys and other harmless, innocent creatures for some sick perverted reason.”
“These reports are disturbing and we would urge anyone with information about what has happened or who knows how the seal came to have the spear in its back call the Police on 101 or the RSPCA Inspectorate Appeal Line urgently and in confidence on 0300 123 8018.
“We stand ready to support the British Divers Marine Life Rescue in their efforts to rescue the seal and encourage anyone who sees the injured seal to call the British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546 or 07787433412.”
Pet Rescue Report will be checking back. Right now we hope Sammy survives this vicious attack.
(Photos of seal shot by crossbow via Facebook)
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