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Monday, 26 January 2015

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Seal pup found 40 miles inland in Cumbria

A seal pup has been released into the sea after being found 40 miles inland.

The youngster was found washed up at Appleby yesterday – triggering an operation to ensure its welfare.

Members of the Flookburgh-based Bay Search and Rescue (BSR) were called upon to use their specialist skills.

The team’s British Divers and Marine Life Rescue trained medics retrieved the animal and took it back to their station where it was weighed and confirmed as heavy enough to be returned to the sea.

Mike Davis, training officer at BSR, said: “What it’s doing being washed up 40 miles from the sea I have no idea.

“He’s a tiny fella but he’s heavy enough to be released.”

The seal was transported to Walney in south Cumbria last night and released into the Irish Sea off the south end of the island at about 8.30pm.

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