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Scientists rescue seal pup stranded in Norfolk

Milo before he was rescued
The three scientists who rescued Milo plan to adopt him

An injured seal pup has been rescued from a sandbank six miles off the Norfolk coast.

The seal, named Milo, was found stranded by three scientists working from an island in the North Sea.

He had a bloodied mouth and nose, wounds to his head and flippers when he was found in rough seas last month.

The scientists took him by boat to Hunstanton where he is being cared for at the Sea Life Sanctuary. It is hoped he will be released back into the wild.

David Livingstone, one of the scientists, said: "He was lying belly up on the sandbank and was clearly in trouble.

'Back to wild'

"The sea was rough that day and waves were crashing in, yet he wasn't making any moves to escape to safety.

"(We) made a stretcher from a tarpaulin and an old fish crate. Luckily I had my waders on and was able to make my way out to Milo through the rising water between the sandbank and the beach."

Mr Livingstone, together with scientists Claire Mellish and Ian Greatbatch, carried the seal across the dunes to the nearest boat mooring before taking him in a dinghy to Hunstanton.

A spokesman for the Sea Life Sanctuary said Milo was already looking healthier and would be moved out into a convalescence pool in a couple of weeks.

There he is expected to gradually build strength and stamina and put on weight in readiness to go back to the wild.

The three scientists who rescued him said they feel such a bond that they are going to adopt Milo, the spokesman added.

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