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Keith the Seal thought to have returned to the River Severn

Posted on 24th September 2014

One of Gloucester’s novelty residents is thought to have returned, following video footage that appears to show Keith the Seal in the River Severn.

 Keith, who is in fact a female seal, was first spotted last year in both Gloucester and Tewkesbury, and recent sightings suggest that she may be gracing the waters again. The film, which was captured on a mobile phone, shows an animal bobbing through the river between Gloucester and Frampton-on-Severn, and looks very much like the well-known seal.

However, her return has the potential to cause further controversy between both local residents and anglers, following a previous attempt by The Angler’s Trust to remove Keith from the river. Although this was not carried out, they were previously granted a license that would allow them to relocate the seal, as it was thought she was destroying the fish stocks. Fans of the seal objected to this and organised a petition to stop Keith from being moved, which received almost 4,000 signatures.

Seals are just one of the many wonderful species of wildlife that can be seen in Gloucester by those on holiday in luxury Forest of Dean holiday cottages, and those visiting soon may have the opportunity to spot Keith the Seal for themselves

Image Credit: Dave Grubb (Flickr.com)