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East Winch seal pup takes a lockdown vacation to France




A common seal pup who was cared for by staff at RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre during the pandemic has been spotted happy and healthy in France.

Charity officials today revealed Has Been, as he was named, was spotted in Dunkirk in France earlier this month.

Has Been the Seal Pup, spotted in Dunkirk, France by photographer Chris Vanhove (44529467)
Has Been the Seal Pup, spotted in Dunkirk, France by photographer Chris Vanhove (44529467)

Has Been came into RSPCA care in June last year as an orphan - from Shoeburyness in Essex - weighing just 10kg.

He was cared for by staff at the centre for a number of months to ensure he was strong and fit enough to return to the wild. He was released into the Wash in November weighing a healthy 38.5kg.

Alison Charles, centre manager, said: “We were so delighted to hear that Has Been had been spotted alive and well - and that he was all the way over in France. We tag our seals before release so they can be monitored, which is how Has Been was identified on the beach.

"He was so tiny when he came to use so it's great to see him thriving in France after being with us."

“In the past 12 months we have released 75 seals (43 commons and 32 greys). They have all come in for a range of reasons including injuries from dogs and other seals, being disturbed by humans, orphaned, or were found emaciated, dehydrated and sick.

Has Been the Seal Pup, spotted in Dunkirk, France by photographer Chris Vanhove (44529460)
Has Been the Seal Pup, spotted in Dunkirk, France by photographer Chris Vanhove (44529460)

“At the moment we are still caring for 29pups at our hospital, many of which are getting through three hourly feeds - so as you can imagine we do need a lot of fish for all our patients.”

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