Frisbee the seal found on Horsey Beach with ring around her neck is on the mend at King’s Lynn animal hospital
PUBLISHED: 14:55 12 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:03 12 November 2017
A seal which was saved from the brink of death is on the mend.
The adult female grey seal was found with a frisbee embedded in her neck on Horsey Beach in north Norfolk two months ago.
The creature was rushed to the RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife Centre, near King’s Lynn, where staff soon nick-named her Frisbee.
It is thought the animal could have been swimming around with the yellow plasic ring around her neck for up to six months. While her injuries can still clearly be seen, they are now healing well.
Centre manager Alison Charles said: “Poor Frisbee was extremely emaciated when she first came to us as she just wouldn’t have been able to feed due to the restriction around her neck caused by the frisbee.
“We’d never actually seen such an extensive wound, and to be honest we just didn’t think she would be able to recover from it.
“However she is certainly making up for it now and is eating us out of house and home. She’s a big seal and she’s getting through a huge amount of fish every day. But it is great to see.
“Even now, almost two months on, her wound is still very visible and still has a long way to go before fully healed, but the good news is it is granulating well with antibiotics.
“Frisbee is also a fighter, and you can see her getting stronger every day, given that two months ago she was on the brink of death it is fantastic to think that she has come so far.
“She’s now been moved to an outside pool as she has improved so much and needs more space.”
Mrs Charles said staff were working hard to prepare Frisbee for release back into the wild, but her wound is still deep and vulnerable to infection.
“It is heart-breaking to think that this could have been prevented if people just took extra care with their litter on the coastline,” she added.
“Many people are just unaware of the problems discarded litter can cause for our wildlife.”
Frisbee is likely to be in RSPCA care for another three months. And she requires at least four 25kg bags of salt a day to help cleanse her wound as part of her rehabilitation.
Each bag costs the wildlife centre more than £13. Anyone who would like to help her can make a donation of a salt bag through the East Winch Amazon wish list online via http://tinyurl.com/y77y7nqw.