This heartwarming photo shows the moment a seal which had been in the RSPCA’s care for eight months was released back into the wild.

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The seal, a female named Moon, was released at Rhos-on-Sea, in North Wales, last week, after she was rescued from Rossall Beach near Blackpool, last August when she became stranded.

She was released alongside a second seal, a male named Sun, who was rescued from Ainsdale Beach in Merseyside, also in August.

Lee Stewart, manager at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, where the seals were treated, said: “Both Moon and Sun arrived to us last August tired and stressed. We helped them recover by tube-feeding them a rehydration solution, and from there they progressed onto fish soup and then were eventually able to take whole fish.

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“They were transferred to the RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife Centre, in Norfolk, where they had more room to socialise. When they had gained enough weight they came back to the west coast to be released.

“It is a long process but it is definitely worth it, especially if you are lucky enough to experience that heartwarming moment when they are returned back to the wild.”

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist Stapeley Grange in carrying out its vital work please text RSPCA2 to 70007 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).

To read about this rescue on Stapeley Grange’s blog, click here.