This adorable seal led Humberside cops on one of their “slower pursuits” after being spotted wandering around Grimsby town centre.
The police were informed of a rogue seal in the town centre in the early hours of 13th January.
Humberside Police – North East Lincolnshire shared a photo of the cute seal at 6.20am with the message: “Grimsby. This morning we received a report of a seal near the town centre.
“Unfortunately, the seal didn’t want to hang around, resulting in one of our slower pursuits. Happily, a local charity was able to help out and took our unofficial mascot to a Skegness sanctuary.”
Later that morning, Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue gave an update on Facebook: “Now seal, how did you end up here? We were called to Grimsby town centre by Humberside Police at 3:44 this morning for a small seal outside the new Wilkin and Chapman building!
“How it managed to find its way to this location is a complete mystery but it’s lucky that it was the police who had spotted it!
“As sanctuaries aren’t open at 4am and the area it was in was too dangerous for it to be left, the only option was for it to come back with us to the rescue until more suitable long term sanctuaries could be arranged.
“Thankfully we’ve just got the call and it’s got the allocation to Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary, we’ve brought seals to this sanctuary before and know it’ll be in great hands!”
In an update on 17th January, Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue told Newsflash: “It is now at the seal sanctuary at Mablethorpe and is doing well! We have reason to believe that he could’ve come in via Grimsby docks and then made its way up the River Freshney until it came out and made its way along the road until it was found.”
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