And finally our feel good Friday story comes from the RSPCA.

Seal rescued by RSPCA now happy in France -

common seal lying on its side on a wet sand beach
Salsa in France (image: RSPCA)

A common seal pup who was cared for by staff at our East Winch Wildlife Centre has been spotted relaxing on a beach - in France!

Salsa, as he was named, was spotted in Boulogne-Sur-Mer harbor on the North coast of France earlier this month and looked very happy as photographer Jean-Luc Bourgain captured him doing a 'banana pose' with his flippers in the air.

Salsa came into our care in June 2021 as a young orphan - from Heacham South beach in Norfolk - weighing just 12kg.

He was cared for by staff at the centre for four months to ensure he was strong and fit enough to return to the wild. He was released into the Wash in October weighing a healthy 39.5kg.

Evangelos Achilleous, centre manager at East Winch, said: "We were so delighted to hear that Salsa has been spotted looking so well - and that he was all the way over in France enjoying his new found freedom!"

Posted on: 14 January 2022

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