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Rescued seals released back into the wild at Sutton Bridge

Staff at the RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife Centre released six common seal pups back to the wild today.

The seal pups, who had all been treated for a number of months at the centre after being rescued in the summer, were released from a site along the Wash at Sutton Bridge, where they would then make their way out into the Wash to join other seals on Seal Sands.

Seals released in Sutton Bridge (21927540)
Seals released in Sutton Bridge (21927540)

With so many seals at the centre, the seals are given names so staff can ensure the right seal is given the correct food and veterinary treatment. Each year the names are given on an annual theme, with this year’s theme for common seals being mythical creatures.

Among those being released was Goblin, a female common seal who was rescued on August 29 from Lowestoft, Suffolk with a very swollen, infected hind flipper. She had antibiotics and staff bathed her flipper twice daily initially, and after weeks of care the infection improved.

Also sliding back into the wild was Pixie, who was rescued on August 9from Happisburgh, Norfolk with puncture wounds around her mouth and muzzle, after it is believed she had been disturbed by dogs.

The other seals released today were Kraken, Womble, Ent and Buckbeak.

RSPCA centre manager Alison Charles said: “In the last few years we have sadly seen a real increase in the number of seals coming to us with injuries usually caused by man-made objects - but we are still caring for lots of seals (commons and greys) who are poorly or injured.

“I am incredibly proud of the work of the staff and volunteers at East Winch who make days like today possible through their hard work and dedication caring for the animals.

“We also have to thank the public because they are so supportive of our work and continue to raise money for our centre and make donations to help the animals. As a charity we wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the support of the public.”

If you see an animal you have concerns about please call the RSPCA's emergency line on 0300 1234 999. Do not attempt to capture or handle an injured seal. For more information on what to do if you see a seal pup that needs help, visit the RSPCA’s website at: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/orphanedanimals/sealpups

People who want to follow the work of the East Winch Wildlife Centre can do either via our Facebook page or Instagram.

Anyone whoyou would like to donate towards the cost of this seal and others at the centre

can donate via https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/eastwinchseals

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