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Seal pups return to the wild after rehabilitation

People gather to watch the seal pups return to the wild. Photo: RSPCA

Six seal pups have been released back into the wild, after being rescued off the South West coast.

The seals were let out at Combe Martin beach in North Devon after being rehabilitated at RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Somerset.

The three males and three females, were found in the final months of 2016, with some orphans weighing just 12kg - around a quarter of their healthy weight.

Staff say Skeletor, Trixie, Lion-O, Dougal, Florence and Danger Mouse will be sorely missed:

The release went really well, they all pretty much went straight out. It was great to see the seals who had been so poorly when they came to us swim back out to sea and return to the wild where they belong.

One of the reasons I enjoy working with seals so much is that whilst you put so much into their rehabilitation, taking them for release is a fantastic reward.

– Kirsten Larcombe, RSPCA West Hatch

Take a look at the photos of the release below:

Credit: RSPCA
Credit: RSPCA
Credit: RSPCA
Credit: RSPCA
Credit: RSPCA