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Last Updated: Thursday November 15 2007 13:57 GMT

Confused seal gets saved again

Sahara the seal

An Arctic seal rescued after being found sick on a hot beach miles from home has had to be saved again, a month after being let back into the wild.

Sahara the hooded seal was totally bald when he was washed up in the Canary Islands in April, miles from home.

He was nursed backed to health by the National Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall and released back into the wild last month.

But now he's been saved by a sanctuary in Spain after swimming more than 1,000 miles in the wrong direction AGAIN!

Vets know the seal is Sahara because he was fitted with a tracking tag before being released.

Now they're trying to decide whether to send him back to the Cornish sanctuary or try to release him into the wild again.

'Very proud'

Hooded seals normally live in Arctic waters but have been known to wander off to visit European shores.

Tamara Cooper, who helped nurse Sahara in Cornwall, said she was very proud of Sahara despite his wonky sense of direction.

"He's travelled over a 1,000 miles and he's been diving up to depths he's never known so I'm really quite proud of him," she said.

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