Cornwall

Cornish sanctuary rescues more than 60 seals

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Image caption More than 60 seal pups have needed help by the Gweek-based sanctuary

Unseasonable summer weather has led to a record number of seal pups being rescued from beaches by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

More than 60 seal pups have needed help from the Gweek-based sanctuary, which has been rescuing seals for more than half a century.

The hospital said the high number of rescues have been caused by relentless rain and storms whipping up heavy seas.

Most seasons the sanctuary says it rescues about 40 seal pups.

The sanctuary has just released four young pups back into the wild at Gwithian Beach near Hayle.

A one-day-old pup called Amelia which was rescued in February, has been nursed back to health and is now back in the waters off the Cornish coast.

Kaylie Finn from the sanctuary said: "She went to our rescue, rehab and relief programme. It was a hard fight for her.

"When they come in so young they're so vulnerable. Amelia went back into the surf no problem, and that's why we do it."

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