SEATTLE - An animal rehabilitation center says a seal pup taken near Westport, Wash., and kept in a motel room by a vacationing couple because they thought the little seal was injured will be released next week.

The Seattle Times reports that the Harbor seal pup now is grown up and able to hunt on his own.

PAWS Wildlife Center spokeswoman Mary Leake Schildner says the pup is ready to return to the wild.

The pup was taken back in June by a couple because they spotted him alone at the beach. They took the pup, which was about 6 to 8 weeks old, to their motel room to try to help him.

But wildlife experts say that mother seals often leave their pups alone while hunting.

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