Jimmy Riddle at the East Winch centre

NINE seals named after beers have been released back into the wild after recovering at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre.

The six males and three females were  seriously underweight or suffering from wounds and lungworm when they were rescued from various sites along the east coast this year.

They received around the clock care and rehabilitation at the centre and were released earlier this month.

Alison Charles, centre manager, said:  “We are so happy to see these gorgeous creatures returning to the wild after having such difficult starts in life.

“We always release seals into the River Nene at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire on a receding tide. This takes them out to the exposed sandbanks in the Wash where there are other wild seals.

“The RSPCA uses this route after data from its satellite tracking study of 2004 showed that this release method is ideal for the seals and gives them a good start to life back out at sea.

“For the purposes of identification (to prevent medication or feeds getting mixed up), we always give our seals names.  This season, we decided the theme would be beers.”