One-eyed He­lena given the seal of ap­proval

The Chronicle - - News -

CHEEKY and full of life, seal pup He­lena has made a re­mark­able re­cov­ery af­ter be­ing found cov­ered in fish hooks.

Although it might look like she’s wink­ing at her kind res­cuers, He­lena has ac­tu­ally been left with just one eye due to her in­juries.

The fe­male pup, named af­ter He­lena Bon­ham Carter, was brought to the Blue Reef Aquar­ium in Tynemouth af­ter a mem­ber of the pub­lic found her at the begin­ning of Au­gust and raised the alarm. She was dis­cov­ered at St Mary’s Is­land in Whit­ley Bay with fishing hooks em­bed­ded in her skin from her head to her tail.

One of the hooks had caused an eye in­jury, re­sult­ing in an in­fec­tion and an ul­cer, and the eye had to be re­moved sur­gi­cally.

Now, the three-month-old seal is start­ing to re­build her strength be­fore she is re­turned to the wild.

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