A SEAL pup who was dramatically rescued in Southend has been released back into the wild.

The seal, now known as Garlic, has been released by the south Essex Wildlife Hospital this week, after he was saved following his mammoth journey from Scotland.

Garlic was rescued from the Prittle Brook after swimming up from the River Roach in Rochford.

He has now been released back into wild in Norfolk, where there is a large seal population.

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A spokesman from the wildlife hospital, said: "Garlic the juvenile common seal that we have had the pleasure of caring for over the last few months was finally returned to the wild.

"He was originally released in Dundee by the SSPCA but a month later had to be rescued from Southend.

"An inlet in norfolk where there are other seals and lots of places to haul out onto was selected on an out going tide.

"We stood and watched him for quite a while. A very happy day!"