Bathtub seal released back into the wild

A seal pup named after Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate is going back to sea Photo: Hunstanton Sea Life Centre

A seal pup rescued from a bathtub in Spalding in Lincolnshire is being released back into the wild by rescuers at a Norfolk sea life centre.

Fully recovered from her ordeal, pup Jessi-Jane will be released with three others on the beach in East Anglia, watched by her namesake Paralympics gold medalist Jessica-Jane Applegate.

A seal pup named after Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate is going back to sea Credit: Hunstanton Sea Life Centre

Seal rescuers at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary took an emergency call in June from Spalding, where a resident was looking after a seal pup in his bath. The pup had been spotted five days earlier on the beach at Holbeach and was clearly in distress.

She was given the name Jessi-Jane in line with an Olympics theme for all the Sanctuary’s rescued seal pups this year. The 16-year-old Paralympic swimmer – who went on to claim gold in the 200 metres freestyle - was so delighted she visited the pup herself later the same month.