A VET who tried to save Freddie Mercury the seal has told of her heartbreak over his death.
Rachel Kirkby, 38, had been confident he would survive being savaged by a passing dog.
She battled to stop him getting into the Thames in Hammersmith, West London, last week, knowing he could not swim with a broken flipper.
But she had to go to A&E when the seal bit her thigh.
His injuries meant he was put down.
Rachel, a vet for 15 years, said: “I’m pretty devastated.
“The injuries must have been far worse than they appeared.
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“He went through such an ordeal.
“At least when he passed he would have been in caring hands and without fear.”
Rachel is now considering joining the British Divers Maritime Life Rescue — which was called to treat Freddie.
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