A SEAL pup who was washed by storm waves into a Portreath garden hundreds of feet from the beach has been released back into the wild today.
Rover was just eight weeks old when he was found wandering round the garden by surprised homeowners John and Val Wise after a particularly fierce February storm.
Now, after three months of convalescing, the pup was returned to the wild on Gwithian Beach by Gweek’s Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
Head seal care expert Tamara Cooper said: “Rover was released with two of his pool mates Jupiter and Ayla.
“He was the first one out of the release trailer and headed into the surf without a backward glance, he was quickly followed by Ayla, however Jupiter took a while longer to venture into the waves where he was met by Ayla who was swimming just off shore.”
The release was also filmed by cameramen for BBC 1s current affairs programme, The One Show.
After discovering the bemused and disorientated seal Mr and Mrs Wise called the coastguards who contacted the sanctuary.
Animal care workers from Gweek collected Rover and took him back to the sanctuary where he spent 10 days in the indoor hospital.
Miss Cooper said: “He was a good healthy weight, but had taken a bit of battering to his lips and chin and had suffered a few cuts and bruises to his flippers from being tossed around by the heavy seas.
“Staff learned to be extra careful when cleaning up near Rover, as he was completely fearless and apt to try and take a bite out of anyone getting too close.
“He has been completing his recovery in our convalescence pool and is now a hefty 30 kilos and healthy enough to return to the wild.”
Rover has been tagged by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary so staff can monitor his progress.