Three rescued seals released back into the wild at Old Hunstanton beach

xxx_Seals released back into the wild at Hunstanton beach: Pictures supplied

xxx_Seals released back into the wild at Hunstanton beach: Pictures supplied - Credit: Archant

Three rescued seals have been released back into the wild, easing the pressure on the hard-pressed animal care team at Hunstanton Sea Life sanctuary.

The team's dedicated marine mammal rescuers have dealt with 52 grey and common seal pups so far this year, nine more than last year's record with four months of the year still to go.

But Thursday's release of Star, Sprout & Zelda at Old Hunstanton beach means some space has been freed up in the bustling outdoor recovery pool.

Of the three, female common seal Star had the longest stay, having been found in a sorry state on April 10.

Team member Hollie Stephenson said: 'She was covered in small wounds and was coughing up blood. She also had abscesses along her back.'

Grey seal pup Sprout was discovered at Brancaster on May 15 with remarkably similar problems to Star, and common seal pup Zelda was found on Salthouse beach on May 31. She was around one year old, and was again suffering with lungworm and superficial cuts.

Are you looking after a rescued animal? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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