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Seals rescued from winter storms released at Combe Martin

09:23 04 June 2014

The seal release at Combe Martin on Tuesday morning.

The seal release at Combe Martin on Tuesday morning.

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Onlookers watch the two grey seals return to their natural habitat.

The seal release at Combe Martin on Tuesday morning.The seal release at Combe Martin on Tuesday morning.

TWO seals rescued from the severe winter storms by the RSPCA were released back into the wild at Combe Martin yesterday (Tuesday).

The two grey seals, named Ocean Monarch and Ceres, were the last animals to be released from RSPCA West Hatch after being brought back to good health.

Staff at the wildlife centre were inundated with seals, guillemots, puffins, kittiwakes and razor bills after the high winds and heavy storms affected wildlife across the south-west back in December and January.

The pair came in at the beginning of the year, undernourished and with wounds, and spent months of care and rehabilitation at the centre.

Paul Oaten, wildlife centre supervisor, said: “Both these seals came in to our centre as pups, along with many other casualties after the storms.

“The staff have all worked so hard to get these animals back to full strength and it is a delight to see them all finally back in the wild where they belong.”

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