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Last Updated: Tuesday January 18 2011 06:42 GMT

Seals escape icy trap in China

Seals stuck in the ice

Seals get stuck in the ice

A group of seals in China has been freed after getting stuck in the ice.

The seals became trapped when cold weather hit their home in an enclosure in Yangai harbour.

They were given a helping hand by workers armed with shovels who smashed away at the frozen water for two hours.

Normally the creatures can cope with freezing temperatures, but because they've been raised in captivity they were pretty confused by the weather!