A seal pup who achieved national fame after she was found in a field surrounded by 30 curious cows has been released back into the wild.
The creature, being cared for by Natureland for the last 16 weeks, was released on the beach behind the Skegness seal sanctuary yesterday.
Named Celebration by staff, the pup was first spotted at Frampton Marsh RSPB Reserve back in July by Boston man Ian Ellis who took this photo (right) through his telescope.
At just five-days-old, the seal’s mother was nowhere to be seen, so Mr Ellis contacted staff at the reserve.
With the help of RSPB warden Toby Collett, they managed to move her to safety before she was collected by Natureland Seal Sanctuary.
The Standard’s story was picked up by national newspapers, and those as far away as America.
Both Mr Ellis and Mr Collett were on the beach yesterday to see the animal they rescued released back into the wild alongside her pool-mate Charlie.
A spokesman for the sanctuary said the release went ‘very well’, adding that both Celebration and Charlie had reached a suitable weight to be released.
It was a far cry from how Celebration was when she was first discovered.
Initially the pup was underweight, so required rehydrating and regular feeds to build her back up. She also had a lung infection, but thanks to the care and dedication of staff, she was soon fit and well.
l For more photos and a video of the release see www.skegnessstandard.co.uk