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Madonna and Prince the 'Pup-stars' released off Norfolk coast

The seals being released into The Wash at Hunstanton, Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two seals who have been named the 'Pup-Stars', have been released off the Norfolk coast after a summer of care at the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary.

Madonna and Prince were helped to the shore by staff who have been looking after them for the last three months after they were taken to the animal hospital as young pups.

Staff prepare to transport the seals to the sea. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Prince was a very early pup, he's such a sweetheart, very cute, Madonna, a little bit more feisty, gives as good as she gets. But she's going to help him and guide him off into the Wash."

– Hollie Stephenson, animal care team
After a tentative start, Madonna and Prince were off. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's a happy day, we love the first release of the season. It's great to see them go and this just says to us that all the rest of the pups will soon be on their way as well."

– Hollie Stephenson, animal care team

The staff have been caring for them for the last three months. When they first arrive they need rehydrating and are given a special fish soup mixture to bring their weight up from the average 10 kilos to 30 with a few weeks.

The seals are fed every three hours to begin with and eventually go onto solid fish.

When they can feed themselves they are moved from the hospital to the outdoor resident pool area.

Elvis and Lady Gaga are still being cared for in the hospital, while Shakira has been moved to the outdoor pool ready for release Credit: ITV News Anglia

The seal hospital which can hold ten seals is currently full.

Shakira is currently outside in the pool with Elvis and Lady Gaga due to join them soon from the hospital as they have just begun to feed themselves.

Madonna and Prince released into The Wash. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Other 'Pup-stars' being cared for at the hospital include: Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Kylie and Boy George among others.