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Showing how dangerous plastic is for Norfolk animals

seal with plastic round neck

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 6:01am 17th February 2019.

PHOTO CREDIT: Friends of Horsey Seals

This proves just how dangerous plastic is for wildlife in Norfolk.

A young grey seal who was found with orange plastic netting embedded in his neck is still being cared for at RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre.

The plastic caused a deep wound which had become infected.

seal on the mend at RSPCA East Winch


The centre's vet managed to cut the netting off of Suffolk Punch  and he was given veterinary treatment including antibiotics and pain relief.

He has also had regular salt floats for a month, but his recovery is still likely to take a number of weeks or even months.

The wound on his neck is starting to heal well, but he is still quite thin, so staff are working hard to feed him up.


He is now out of the isolation unit and is sharing an outside pool with another seal called Pinkafo, who came into RSPCA care in December after she was found with a pink frisbee embedded in her neck.

The pair seem to be enjoying each other's company.

Alison Charles, centre manager said

"It is heartbreaking that this is another seal with plastic related injuries to come into our care.

We cannot thank the volunteers enough for their efforts in catching these seals, it's a really difficult task.

The time it takes for these seals to fully recover from these kind of injuries is usually months, as the wounds are so deep and they require salt floats.

Once the wounds are healed the seals will then be released back to the wild."

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