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Thursday, December 24, 2009

baby seal found in back garden - 18 miles from the sea

A family who found a baby seal in the back garden of their Kent home 18 miles from the sea have named her Rudolph.

The pup, which the RSPCA said was less than a year old, was in the Dwyer family's garden in Benenden on Monday morning when they let out pet dog Jack.

It is thought the seal got into the stream from the River Rother, which meets the English Channel at Rye.

The RSPCA is now caring for the seal, which has been renamed Gulliver, at Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre near Hastings in East Sussex.

Keeper Elaine Crouch said baby seals often became separated from their mothers in bad weather such as storms or floods.

"She has a a tag from Belgium, probably put on by the rehabilitation centre at Ostend, then she got into the River Rother and ended up in the stream."

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