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Injured seal pup is reunited with her family

12:00 06 December 2012

Yarmouth

Yarmouth's sealife centre release a seal pup back into the sea.

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An injured seal pup has been reunited with her colony after Sealife Centre staff nursed her back to health.

Yarmouth's sealife centre release a seal pup back into the sea. A small crowd gathers on the beach to watch the seal being released.Yarmouth's sealife centre release a seal pup back into the sea. A small crowd gathers on the beach to watch the seal being released.

The seal pup - named Claire by staff - was rescued from Great Yarmouth beach in August. And after treatment at the Yarmouth quarantine centre and at Hunstanton Sealife sanctuary she was able to return to Scroby Sands yesterday.

Claire was driven from Hunstanton to Yarmouth in a van, and staff carried her to the sea on a stretcher.

The pup appeared puzzled to begin with, and bobbed about in the shallow waves for a few minutes.

But she soon acclimatised, and disappeared out towards her colony shortly after midday.

Yarmouth's sealife centre release a seal pup back into the sea.Yarmouth's sealife centre release a seal pup back into the sea.

Claire weighed just 12kg when she was found but was a healthy 32kg upon release.

The pup was named Claire after Claire Spackman, an accountant in Dorset for the company who owns the Sealife Centre.

She was so moved by the story she raised funds for the seal’s care, by selling home-made cakes in her office.

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