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Rare twin seals released back into the wild

The rare twin seals called R2-D2 and C-3PO have been returned to the wild. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The UK's first known pair of twin grey seals born in the wild have been returned to the North Sea after being rescued in Norfolk.

The seals called R2-D2 and C-3PO were abandoned by their mother when they were three weeks old. Most seals only give birth to a single pup.

They have been cared for by the RSPCA for four months before being released back into the wild at Horsey north of Great Yarmouth.

"It was fantastic to see them dive under the waves and you think they're so hardwired, they know what they're doing.

"We don't teach them anything, we just get them fit enough to be released and it's up to them and they take their chances and off they go. So hopefully they'll have a nice, long, healthy life"

– Alison Charles, RSPCA East Winch

Click below to watch the video of the twin seals getting into the North Sea for the first time

Firefighters free trapped wild deer

Firefighters help free two deer trapped after getting tangled in rope in Essex. Credit: RSPCA

Two wild deer which became trapped after getting tangled up in rope in woods in Saffron Walden have been freed by the fire service and the RSPCA.

A passer by spotted the two bucks in difficulty and called the animal charity. Their antlers had become caught in rope which then got stuck around a tree in woods in Sewards End. The deer were becoming very distressed, but eventually they were freed.

The RSPCA says it is important not to leave rubbish around as it can be a danger to many animals.

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