Lincolnshire

Rescued seal released after cow encounter

Seal pup Image copyright Natureland
Image caption She was just a few days old when she was found, Natureland staff said

A seal pup which was separated from its mother and ended up surrounded by cows in a Lincolnshire field, has been released back into the wild.

The pup, named Celebration, was found by a birdwatcher at the RSPB reserve at Frampton Marsh, in July.

The harbour seal was the first pup of 2015 to be rescued by staff from Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness.

Duncan Yeadon, from Natureland, said: "She is now nice and chubby and able to face the rigours of the North Sea."

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Image caption The seal pup was released into the North Sea earlier
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Image caption She was the first of the year to be rescued by staff at Natureland, which rescues about 30 to 50 seals a year
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Image caption Natureland staff said she had made great progress after moving from the hospital to the rearing pool
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Image caption Celebration, the seal rescued from the cow field, was released alongside another seal called Charlie

Mr Yeadon said: "When she first came in she was very skinny and exhausted - she had picked up a lung infection as well - so she was very, very poorly.

"But she has responded well to treatment... and has fed like mad," he said.

"She was the first seal in this year, and in such unusual circumstances, so she is very special to us."

The seal pup, which was released along with another pup called Charlie, was named Celebration in honour of Natureland's 50th anniversary, he added.

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