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Gray seal pup rescued from roadside in Amagansett

A seal pup was rescued from the side

A seal pup was rescued from the side of the road in Amagansett Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Credit: Dell Cullum

A seal pup got turned around Tuesday and had to be rescued from the side of a road in Amagansett, officials said.

The gray seal pup, just a month old, was found about 4 p.m. by a motorist on the side of Bendigo Road, according to Chuck Bowman, president of the Riverhead Foundation.

It had wandered 150 yards from Gardiners Bay and looked poised to cross the street when it was spotted, Bowman said.

The seal probably came to shore to rest, became confused and couldn’t find its way back to the water, Bowman said.

“It was a baby seal without a compass,” he said.

Riverhead Foundation staff took the seal, which appeared healthy, back to the organization’s rescue center. Veterinarians will examine the pup and determine if it needs treatment or can be released, Bowman said.

People who find stranded seals or other sea animals can call the foundation’s 24-hour hotline at 631-369-9829.

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