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Seal pups "should be released back into the wild"

Published torsdag 4 april 2013 kl 17.50
This is one of the seals, named "Anders" found over Easter. Photo: Annika Selin/Sveriges Radio

The fate of two seal pups that wandered out of the water and into built-up areas in the Norrköping area during Easter is unsure, according to Swedish Radio News, because the animal park currently looking after them is not allowed to keep them.

According to officials from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the park may not keep wild animals in captivity.

The pups were found in two separate incidents after they had wandered inland. One was found by a bike lane in Oxelösund, the other by a river in central Norrköping. Worried local residents called the police, who took the animals to the zoo.

According to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency the police should not have done that, and they are now calling on the zoo to release the animals back into the wild, Swedish Radio News in Östergötland reports.

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