Reported by local activists in the Neterlands:

"Action group liberates seal Hannes

Seal Hannes was liberated last weekend from the seal shelter Pieterburen. Hannes Free! claimed the action in a phonecall to a newspaper.

Hannes escapes last august from the Nordhorn Zoo in Germany and was recaptured in Dalfsen, the Netherlands. The seal went to the seal shelter Pieterburen. Pieterburen didn't get a permission from the Minister of Agriculture Veerman to release the animal into the wild. The Zoo claimed Hannes and saw her as a welcome attraction after all the media attention in Germany and the Netherlands. Luckily an action group cut their way into the shelter and released Hannes into the sea. The seal shelter stated that Hannes would be able to survive and would be able to catch fish."