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Scottish SPCA is celebrating its first wildlife release of the year

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Chequers the grey seal is released back into the wild

The Scottish SPCA is celebrating its first wildlife release of the year after Chequers the grey seal was successfully released at Broughty Ferry on 8 January.

Four other seal pups named Golf, Lego, Hungry Hippo and Battleship were also released at the same time.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity had been caring for Chequers for 3 months after he had been found very underweight in the Western Isles.

Acting manager of the Scottish SPCA National Wildlife Rescue Centre Graeme Innes said, “Chequers is the first wild animal we’ve released back into the wild in 2020.

“He was very underweight and only around two to three weeks old when he first arrived at the centre on 20 October 2019. Seeing him getting stronger every day to the point where he was able to be released has been so rewarding.

“We care for almost 200 seals each year so Chequers and his friends are the first of many!

“We’d also like to thank British Divers Marine Life Rescue who assisted with the release.

“Anyone who comes across an injured or potentially orphaned wild animal should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”