FANS of Keith the Seal can breathe a sigh of relief after the marine mammal was spotted downstream following months of no sightings.
The city’s favourite flippered-friend was filmed by stand-up paddle boarders swimming in the River Severn just below Gloucester on Saturday.
Keith, who is thought to be a female, had not been seen since January when she was spotted in Tewkesbury prompting fears that something had happened to her.
Believing she was depleting fish stocks, the Angling Trust applied for a licence to shoot the seal but amid much uproar they struck a deal with British Divers Marine Life Rescue to relocate the animal instead.
Nothing was heard from Keith until Tristan Bawn filmed the seal playfully nibbling at his inflatable paddle board and swimming happily beside them at the weekend.
He posted the footage on the Facebook page for his charity efforts Source 2 Sea 2013 and it quickly went viral.
Excited messages and comments were sent from people in Worcester and Bewdley telling the 34-year-old all about Keith.
Mr Bawn, from Bristol, said: “I heard a surfacing noise thinking it sounded like a seal and when I turned around there literally was a seal about a foot behind my board.
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