Bathtub Seal Goes Back To The Wild
A common seal pup rescued from a bathtub in Spalding, Lincolnshire in June will be returned to the wild next Tuesday morning (October 16th).

Fully recovered from her ordeal, pup Jessi-Jane will be released with three others on the beach at Snettisham, watched by her namesake Paralympics gold medalist Jessica-Jane Applegate.

Seal rescuers at Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary were surprised back in June to receive an emergency call from Spalding, where resident Mark Allsop was looking after a seal pup in his bathtub!
Mark, 40, had spotted the pup five days earlier on the beach at Holbeach, where he had gone to walk his dog...and when he came across her for a second time and clearly in distress, he slung her across his shoulder and took her home.

"She was in a very sorry condition and it was touch and go whether she would survive," said Hollie Stallworthy, one of the animal care team who went to collect her.

"Her 40-minute trip to Spalding obviously hadn´t helped, but Mark acted with the best of intentions and without doubt Jessi-Jane would have died had he not found her."

She was given the name Jessi-Jane in line with an Olympics theme for all the Sanctuary´s rescued seal pups this year.

And the 15-year-old Paralympic swimmer - who went on to claim gold in the 200 metres freestyle - was so delighted she visited the pup herself later the same month.

Now she and her mum will travel from their home in Gorleston, Norfolk, to help with the mission to return the pup to the wild.

Note to News and Picture Desks

The release of Jessi-Jane should provide a heart-warming picture opportunity.

Date: Tuesday 16th October 2012
Time: 8am
Place: Snettisham Beach (by the Sailing Club)

Issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Nigel Croasdale on 01485 533576
Date: 15th October 2012

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