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Rescued baby seals back in wild

Seals Bert and Cameron
Bert and Cameron have been nursed back to health in three months

Two baby seals rescued off the Kent coast have been returned to the wild after being nursed back to health.

The pups, called Bert and Cameron, were raised by RSPCA workers at Mallydams Wood wildlife centre in East Sussex.

One of the seals had its umbilical cord still attached, one had a temperature and both were seriously underweight.

"To see them now, there is a huge difference from when I picked them up three months ago," said Michelle Spain of British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

One of the pups was found at Sheerness and the other at Broadstairs, but neither of their mothers was found.

Richard Thompson, who works at Mallydams, near Hastings, said the first two weeks in the sea would be tough for the seals.

"They are going to be losing a little bit of weight while they try and find food," he said.

"But their intelligence and foraging skills, which we can't give them in rehabilitation, they have to learn in the wild."

The two motherless seal pups rescued off Kent were hand reared ready to be returned to the wild



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