A “wiggly” and “feisty” seal pup had to be rescued from a Nantucket roadway.
The three-week-old pup was found Wednesday crying on Polpis Road by Crossing Guard Jamie Grimes, who called the Marine Mammal Alliance in Nantucket for help.
Grimes helped keep the seal pup safe until a three-person team could arrive, according to the Alliance, who posted adorable photos of the baby seal on their Facebook.
“After a bit of bushwhacking, we safely crated the healthy youngster and transported him to a safe spot in Quidnet where he can rest in full view of the sea and head out when he’s rested and ready,” they wrote on the social media platform.
The seal was found shortly before 8 a.m. near Sesachacha Pond and was “crying out” by the time rescuers reached it after it went down a hill, according to Pam Murphy, the organization’s board president, told The Boston Globe.
“He was a feisty booger,” Murphy told the outlet. “He definitely gave me some trouble because he was really wiggly.”
The little seal did not have any injuries when it was found.
The animal was taken to a “secluded spot near a snow fence” and eventually made his way back to the water on Friday, according to Murphy.
The board president said it’s common to see lost pups around this time of year, with the Alliance receiving four calls on Thursday alone.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if some of this frenzy of little pups booking it away from the ocean is because of these stormy seas we’ve been having,” she told The Globe.
It’s also “pupping season” from November to January. Pups are left alone after three weeks and some get “disorientated” after their mothers leave them.
The Alliance reminds locals to not engage with the seals if they found them out of their natural habitat and instead call them for help.