Quartet of seals released at Combe Martin

The seals are released at Combe Martin Beach. Picture: Dawn Gilbert.

The seals are released at Combe Martin Beach. Picture: Dawn Gilbert. - Credit: Dawn Gilbert

Wildlife Park and RSPCA return more orphaned seal pups to the wild.

Picture: Dawn Gilbert.

Picture: Dawn Gilbert. - Credit: Dawn Gilbert

Four rescued seal pups fostered at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park have been released back into the wild.

The park has been acting as an overflow for RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Rescue Centre after many orphaned pups were washed up onto shores in the winter storms.

Jack and Jessie-Star were the first two pups to be returned to the sea at Combe Martin Beach, but Angel and Molly outwitted their keepers by refusing to leave their pool, so it had to be drained and they were released two days later.

“We are so pleased to be involved in the conservation of grey seal pups which are the third rarest species of seal in the world,” said park director Dawn Gilbert.

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“We have duty to protect our colonies around the UK coast which accounts for half of the world’s population.”

RSPCA West Hatch is due to bring more rescued seal pups to the park shortly for ‘fattening up’.

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