Meteorologists at Lake Baikal found a tiny seal thrown ashore. The baby was dying – exhausted and almost unable to move. The animal was brought to the station and nursed. With the meteorologists, there was a Husky dog.
She immediately decided to take care of the poor baby. Perhaps she thought it was her puppy, so carelessly cared for the victim. She licked him, lay down next to him so he wouldn’t freeze.
From such care and affection, the seal began to recover quickly.
Scientists fed him pieces of fish. Because seals can only eat in water, the found baby was put in a bathtub. While he was eating, the dog wouldn’t leave his side. Then the baby got out of the tub and crawled back to his foster mother.
During the day, the seal was put on pebbles to keep him warm, and during feeding, the seal was returned to the bathtub. The baby was given the name Umka.
When the people decided to return him to the lake, he swam only 500 meters and returned. Then he pushed back again to return to his habitat.
When the seal sailed away, the dog got a little sad, but then went back to her duties – guarding the goats. With that kind of protection, animals aren’t afraid of anything.