London seal 'Freddie Mercury' put down after dog attack
May he RIP.
A London seal named Freddie Mercury has been put down after a dog attack.
The seal, who spent most of his days chilling out on the banks of the river Thames, was sadly euthanised this week after a dog attacked him.
According to reports, the seal was bitten by the dog before being rescued by passers-by, including a vet who happened to be nearby when the incident occurred.
Freddie was taken to South Essex Wildlife Hospital for treatment. He had endured a fractured flipper and a dislocated joint as a result of the attack. Vets determined that the most humane course of action was to put the seal down.
The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) confirmed the sad news today, saying that the seal's "prognosis is extremely poor."
"At this stage we believe the only ethical and fair option we have is to end his suffering," they said.
"We are all absolutely gutted to hear about the extent of the injuries Freddie suffered, and highlights yet again the serious problems that can arise when humans and dogs encounter wild animals.
"We hope that his story will go a long way to helping educate people to look up and follow the appropriate guidelines for how to behave respectfully around wild animals and not cause disturbance or worse to them."
The hospital added that "sadly" Freddie was not the only injured seal they had been treating in recent weeks. "Please folks do not go near seals and always, always, keep dogs on leads and under control," they said.
The seal, one of many who has settled on the river's banks in recent years, was nicknamed Freddie Mercury by locals in honour of the late Queen singer.
He had been spotted resting on the bank multiple times, aways returning to the same spot.