A RESCUED baby seal is recovering after receiving life-saving treatment from a vets in Omagh.
Andre the baby seal, who is around six months old, was found badly injured and sick in Killybegs in Co Donegal.
Andre was rescued and transferred to Corry & O’Hare Vets in Omagh on Monday, and underwent successful “life saving surgery”.
His wounds had became badly infected and required immediate treatment to ensure his survival.
Speaking about the ordeal, Dr Louise O’Hare of Corry & O’Hare Vets explained it was “a very different experience for most of us”.
“It was the first time most of us came across a seal but it was a lovely feeling to be able to help it,” said Dr O’Hare.
“One of the staff members, Ciaran, works with Seal Rescue Ireland quite a bit and this baby seal was found in Killybegs with wounds which were very badly infected so it was transported down to us for assessment and initial treatment. It was brought down in a big container and everyone in the practice was excited to see the baby seal. It was a beautiful wee thing.”
The seal has now been sent on to a rehabilitation centre and is expected to make a full recovery.
Dr O’Hare continued, “The seal will have a long enough recovery but long term it is expected to do well. We are hopeful that the seal will completely heal and be suitable for release again.
“We are only open a short time but this is the first seal we have had. Hopefully there is not too many more injured, but if they are, we will be happy to help them recover.”
Andre, the baby seal, received life saving treatment at Corry & O’Hare Vets in Omagh on Monday.