LONDON (Reuters) - A seal saved an elderly dog
from a watery grave after it was swept away by fierce currents in a
fast-flowing river in northern England.
Eyewitnesses said the dog, who appeared
to be injured before hitting the water, scampered into the River
Tees and tried to swim to the opposite bank -- but the current got
the better of him.
Suddenly, a seal appeared from the depths
and gently pushed the dog, a German Shepherd, into mudflats on the
"I've never seen anything like it and I
don't think I ever will," eyewitness Chris Hinds told Reuters
Wednesday. "This seal just came out of nowhere. It was like the
guardian angel came up.
Hinds took care of the dog until
emergency services arrived after Tuesday's rescue.
No owner was immediately tracked down and
the dog was being looked after by the RSPCA animal charity. The
charity named the dog "Seamo" after David Seaman, the goalkeeper of
England's World Cup soccer team "because it was a great
Seals are not known for friendliness to
dogs, but the RSPCA said they were naturally inquisitive creatures
and it could have been just playing.