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Freedom calls Seal pups return to wild

THE cold snap didn't stop two seal pups from making a break for freedom and the open sea yesterday.

The grey seal pups, who are around three months old, were rescued by members of the Irish Seal Sanctuary after they were found injured in Wicklow and Sligo in November. Yesterday they were released fit and healthy back into the water at Donabate in north Co Dublin.

Volunteers had been hoping to release them at the locations where they had been found; however, a lack of vehicles combined with treacherous road conditions meant it was safer for them to stay close to their Garristown base.

"There's a population of seals at Lambay, across from Donabate, and they got out there with no problems," said sanctuary director Pauline Beades.

The pups are believed to have been hurt after being tossed against rocks in stormy seas.

Irish Independent