A well-liked seal nicknamed Freddie Mercury — who took up residence and drew adoring followers alongside the Thames in London — was reportedly mauled to demise by an unleashed dog owned by a prime metropolis lawyer.
Oxford-educated Rebecca Sabben-Clare, 49, and 4 passers-by, together with a veterinarian, tried to pry her cross-breed pooch’s jaws off Freddie through the vicious assault close to the Hammersmith Bridge on Sunday, the Solar reported.
A photographer who was snapping photos of Freddie when the assault occurred mentioned it was “vicious.”
“The dog simply wouldn’t let go,” Duncan Phillips, 55, advised MyLondon. “It wouldn’t let go regardless of repeated makes an attempt by members of the general public to separate the animals.”
After attempting to avoid wasting Freddie’s life, vets needed to put him down on Monday, saying the “solely moral and truthful choice now we have is to finish his struggling” after he was left with a fractured flipper and an contaminated wound, based on the Guardian.
On Tuesday, police mentioned they had been investigating the demise and had been seeking to communicate with Sabben-Clare, who was later apparently advised that no offense had been dedicated, the Solar reported.
The girl, who studied at New Faculty Oxford and is now a specialist in industrial regulation, was named a number one English silk — a time period that refers to a lawyer who achieves that standing of queen’s counsel — within the 2021 Authorized 500 Listing, based on the outlet.
“What occurred to Freddie the seal is heartbreaking,” a spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals advised the Solar.
“Dog homeowners ought to act responsibly and maintain their pets on leads round wild animals to make sure incidents like this are prevented. It’s by no means OK to permit canines to harass and assault a wild animal,” the rep mentioned.
“We perceive how upsetting this incident was for anybody who witnessed it and we hope we will unfold the message encouraging dog homeowners to maintain their dog on a lead if wildlife is round,” the spokesman added.
The British Divers Marine Life Rescue described the efforts to avoid wasting Freddie’s life on the South Essex Wildlife Hospital.
“Sadly, after an X-ray this afternoon, our worst fears had been confirmed, and the seal not solely sustained a damaged bone, but additionally a dislocation, harm to his joint, ligaments and nerves that made it unattainable to deal with and return him to the wild,” it mentioned on Fb.
“We contacted quite a lot of marine mammal veterinarians within the UK and the Netherlands, together with an orthopaedic surgeon, and sadly based mostly on their experiences the choice is that he wanted to be euthanased for his welfare,” BDMLR continued.
“We might be unable to launch a seal again into the wild with one flipper, if amputation was an choice, as now we have a agency coverage on not placing animals into captivity, and the seal’s welfare should be put at the start,” it added.
Since arriving to the Thames a couple of weeks in the past, the beloved 10-month-old seal — named after the famed British singer within the rock band Queen — had been a mainstay, garnering legions of adoring followers.
He gained public consideration in February when he was rescued from Teddington Lock after a fishing lure turned caught in his mouth.
Heartbroken Britons took to social media to precise their grief about Freddie’s demise.
“RIP #freddietheseal individuals who personal canines that assault folks/wildlife needs to be banned from proudly owning pets for all times, first an expensive in Richmond park, now a poor seal in Hammersmith, when will it cease?” Josh Fraser mentioned in a tweet.