Snarling dog attacked loving seal pup, owner says 'sorry'

Jano le Roux

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC says she is “heartbroken” that her dog mauled Freddie the seal. The 10-month-old seal pup was sunbathing along the Thames towpath near Hammersmith Bridge when he was bitten. The seal suffered a fractured bone, dislocated flipper, and trauma to muscles, ligaments, and nerves.

He was unable to be rescued and had to be euthanized due to the seriousness of his wounds. The attack has sparked demands for dog owners to maintain more supervision over their pets and hold them on a leash while out in public. The Metropolitan Police Department stated that they had conducted an investigation and that no more criminal steps would be taken.

The barrister even said that she had donated to the South Essex Wildlife Hospital, which cared for Freddie and gave the vet her contact details. Back To the pageYou came to a site you came to.

After her dog attacked a famous seal known as Freddie Mercury, a barrister claims she is “heartbroken”

Residents frolicking on the River Thames near Hammersmith Bridge were enthralled by the seal, which was named after the late Queen singer.

However, due to the severity of the young pup’s injury, veterinarians agreed to put him down following the assault on Sunday.

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC, the dog’s trainer, confirmed she “[apologizes] unreservedly” and did not pursue prosecution as a result of the incident.

“I am heartbroken by this terrible accident,” the commercial barrister said in a tweet.

“As an animal lover, I fully understand the dismay that has been expressed.”

A fractured bone, a dislocated flipper, and trauma to muscles, ligaments, and nerves were among Freddie’s injuries.

Duncan Phillips, an eyewitness, characterized the assault as “quite shocking” and said it lasted about two minutes.

“People were just sitting there watching the seal sunning itself,” the photographer said.

Ms. Sabben-Clare acknowledged that she wishes she had placed her dog on a leash “in hindsight” but that “it did not seem necessary” at the moment.

“I left for my own safety and that of my dog, believing that there was nothing I could do to help because the seal was being cared for by a vet and assistance had been requested,” she said. Before I left, I sent the vet my contact information.”

Other pinnipeds, such as California sea lions and northern elephant seals, also share haul-out habitat with harbor seals. Seals seldom communicate with other animals, but when attacked, they become aggressive.

Seals are highly articulate aquatic animals who exhibit a diverse range of dynamic behaviors in both their marine and terrestrial environments.

Throughout their existence and our calendar year, seals are completely natural to drag out into coastal fringes. They happen to love drying their fur on a hot sunny day, and it is not a challenge for them. They would gladly spend hours digesting their food on a selected rock before the next high tide floats them further.

Although seals are solitary creatures that spend the bulk of their lives discovering their aquatic ecosystem on their own, they do congregate in large groups onshore, probably to have the added protection of several extra sets of eyes on the lookout for trouble.

Surprisingly picky on where they haul off, most adults would only use previously known areas, even though nearby habitat seems to be ideal at peak hours.

This results in seal behavior hotspots around our coasts.

The RSPCA interrogated the Oxford alum, who was then approached by the authorities.

The Met also confirmed that no more criminal proceedings would be taken as a result of the inquiry.

Ms. Sabben-Clare also donated to the Tilbury-based South Essex Wildlife Hospital, which cared for the seal.

Seals, also known as common or harbor seals, are often seen in and around the Thames, with the Zoological Society of London’s Thames Marine Mammal Survey registering 117 sightings this year.

“Then this dog bolts down the foreshore and viciously attacks the seal.” What occurred astounded and appalled the public.

“The dog wouldn’t let go, and its teeth were in.” “It was clamped on, to put it that way.”

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