WATCH: The moment a rescued seal pup was returned to the wild

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A SEAL pup found close to death on a Jersey beach last Christmas has been returned to the wild after being nursed back to health in Guernsey.

Sami was rescued by JSPCA staff and volunteers from British Divers Marine Life Rescue after she was found by a dog walker at Bonne Nuit.

She was transferred to Guernsey and this weekend, after receiving six months of care, was released at the Ecréhous.

In a statement describing the release, the GSPCA said: 'The door of Sami's travel crate was opened and, although not too sure at first, as soon as she was out it took only a few seconds for her to dive back into her home waters.

'The first few minutes were spent swimming around the boat and then she started to venture further away.

'She entertained the crowd by diving deep and popping up taking in the scenery and exploring.

'After about 15 minutes she swam off into the distance.'

Sami was the first seal pup to be rescued in Jersey, rehabilitated in Guernsey and released into the wild.

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