It may have happened this way The mother seal had just given birth and were frightened about coming people The umbilical cord is the first thing what animal mother cut after birth but she had no time. The pups are living in snow and nobody can touch them otherwise is sure that the mother seal abandon the pup. The faith of this pup is sad. Leiah Sariell, Lapland Finland 1 Heartbreaking story. However I do not believe that these fishermen should be punished, they were genuinly trying to help and were really ignorant to the fact that sometimes human intervention can be deadly rather than life saving. Nature can be extremely cruel at times the mother might have abandoned it due to it being ill or if it had been tampered with by human hand. Poor Baby Valera RIP Sweetheart memes