Abandoned Seal Pup Survives Harrowing Ordeal

Abandoned Seal Pup Survives Harrowing Ordeal

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A tiny baby seal struggles on the shoreline on Saturna Island, B.C.

TransCanada team member, Ruth Cannell, comforts the baby seal she found abandoned on the beach of Saturna Island, B.C.

Ruth Cannell helps release Silver back into the water after his recovery at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

After a harrowing adventure, Silver and his friends are returned to the sea.

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It was a sight that just about broke Ruth Cannell’s heart.

The Calgary-based quality lead for TransCanada’s Technical Services department was hiking on Saturna Island, B.C. with a companion this summer when she spotted a visibly distraught seal pup alone on the shoreline, struggling to haul himself out of the water ahead of the oncoming tide.

“He would pause and then try again with the little strength he had left,” said Cannell, on vacation at the time. “He was crying, as if he was trying to locate his mother or someone to help him.”

Learn more about Silver's rescue.

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