Fundraiser set up after seal attack reaches more than £9,000

Image above: Freddie at Hammersmith Bridge; photograph Nick Raikes

A fundraiser set up in the wake of an attack on Freddie the seal has raised nearly £9,000. (Updated Wednesday 24 March).

Rebecca Da Re launched the fundraiser following the gruesome attack near Hammersmith Bridge on Sunday 22 March which saw a dog, loose off its leash, savagely attack a common seal. Freddie suffered a severe injury to one of his flippers and was subsequently euthanised.

READ ALSO: ‘Freddie’ the seal attacked by dog near Hammersmith Bridge

The initial target of £500 was quickly dwarfed by contributions from members of the public.

Rebecca started the fundraiser to thank the teams at the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, who have been instrumental in protecting and taking care of Freddie over the short year he was alive. As he was tagged, they were able to track him as he travelled from the Netherlands – where he was named after Freddie Mercury – to France to the River Thames, with various periods spent in animal sancturies for medical treatment.

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The group are responsible for getting Freddie to the South Essex Wildlife Hospital, where his wounds were treated and assessed. While passers by, including a vet, got the dog off him and pinned him down till help arrived, the BDMLR worked with Police and London Fire Brigade, who took him to Tilbury to be picked up by staff from the animal hospital.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue team rescued Freddie once before in February this year, after he got a fish lure caught in his mouth at Teddington. They were set up to protect the UK’s marine life.

Image above: Freddie’s dramatic rescue; photographs Runa Bousquet

Protecting Britain’s marine life

Rebecca told The Chiswick Calendar:

“We would like to raise funds to thank the teams at the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, who have been instrumental in protecting and taking care of Freddie this entire time and [they were] also the heroes who were involved in his recent rescue. They work tirelessly all year around to protect the UK’s marine life.”

Julie Cable, National Coordinator for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said any funds raised would be shared with the with the South Essex Wildlife Hospital. The two groups work closely, with the latter playing a big part in rehabilitating any rescued wildlife.

If you’d like to donate to the fundraiser, please follow the link below:

justgiving.com/fundraising/freddiemercurytheseal

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See also: ‘Freddie’ the seal attacked by dog near Hammersmith Bridge

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