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Helicopters called to Bexley after reports of seal stuck in the Thames

PUBLISHED: 14:03 20 May 2014

Police officers in a helicopter snapped this photo of the seal (Photo: @MPSinthesky/Twitter)

Police officers in a helicopter snapped this photo of the seal (Photo: @MPSinthesky/Twitter)

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At about midday, police helicopters were called to Bexley to investigate and tweeted that the seal was "stuck in the mud" and "in distress".

Police boats and life-boats were called in to aid the rescue operation.

The animal was guided to safety about an hour later.

The police helicopter unit tweeted that they had to assist as the mud and water was a hazard to police on foot.

In 2013, scientists estimated that there were around 700 seals living in the Thames.

This is said to show that the Thames is a far cleaner river than it looks from central London.

Most of these seals live outside of London, between the Thames Estuary and Tilbury in Kent.

It is likely therefore that this seal was lost and a few miles from home when he got stuck.

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