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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


Grey seal found stranded begins eating again

'Dumbledore' is now being cared for at East Winch, King's Lynn Credit: ITV News Anglia

A grey seal found stranded 20 miles from the coast and being cared for at an animal hospital at East Winch near King's Lynn has begun eating again.

The seal - nicknamed Dumbledore - was discovered on a farm in Merseyside. He's being treated for pneumonia and ate his first fish this morning.

Donations for surge seals top £25,000

Orphaned seal pup Credit: ITV Anglia

Staff at the RSPCA's East Winch Wildlife Centre, near King's Lynn, have been inundated with donations following their seal crisis appeal.

A large number of seal pups were separated from their mothers by the recent tidal surge along the Norfolk coast.

The centre is currently caring for nearly 100 seals. Others have been transferred to RSPCA centres in Cheshire and Somerset. More than £25,000 has been raised to meet the costs of feeding the hungry seal pups, at a cost of £22 each week for every seal. They will need five months rehabilitation.