A seal pup that achieved national fame after she was found in a field surrounded by 30 curious cows has been released back into its natural environment.
The creature, being cared for by Natureland in Skegness for the last 16 weeks, was released on the beach behind the seal sanctuary today.
A few weeks into her care, she developed a lung infection, but fortunately, due to the diligence of the staff, it was spotted early and so treated with strong antibioticsNatureland seal sanctuary spokesman
The pup, named Celebration by staff, was spotted at Frampton Marsh RSPB Reserve back in July by Ian Ellis who took this photo.
At just five-days-old, the seal’s mother was nowhere to be seen, so Mr Ellis contacted the reserve’s wardens.
With the help of RSPB warden Toby Collett, they managed to move her to safety before she was collected by Natureland.
Both Mr Ellis and Mr Collett were on the beach to see the animal they rescued released back into the wild.
A spokesman for the sanctuary said: “Initially, she was underweight, so required rehydrating and regular feeds to build her back up.
“A few weeks into her care, she developed a lung infection, but fortunately, due to the diligence of the staff, it was spotted early and so treated with strong antibiotics.
“Once it was certain that Celebration was free from infections, she and another seal pup, Charlie, were moved to the rearing pool to get fit and gain weight.”