Cape Town - The SPCA Cape of Good Hope reunited a family after returning a four-month-old seal found in Simon’s Town on Thursday to the ocean.
The baby seal, whose sex wasn’t identified, was found on Wednesday morning heading up a canal near a local kelp processing plant.
Factory employees were worried the seal would continue to a neighbouring industrial waste factory and notified the SPCA.
According to SPCA inspectors, the mother of the seal was probably away from Seal Island searching for food when her baby, unattended, swam off.
The SPCA had no choice but to return the seal immediately. Workers couldn’t feed it or even spray it with water because it might have caused extreme shock as a result of the mammal not being in its natural habitat.