This Seal Was Slowly Being Killed by a Frisbee—These People Did Their Best and This Is the Result
A seal was been found with a frisbee stuck around its neck in Horsey, Norfolk, UK, in September. People from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) took the seal in their care and named her Frisbee.
“I’ve never seen such a terrible, deep and infected wound before and hope I never do again. Frisbee was near death and we really didn’t think she’d survive,” said Alison Charles, manager of RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre, in a Facebook post.
“Frisbee was extremely emaciated when she was admitted and needed really intensive care. She had clearly been starving for a long time, unable to eat with the frisbee compressing and cutting deep into her neck,” Charles said.
It took “months of medical treatment and huge amounts of mackerel” to nurse Frisbee back to health.
She was finally released back into the wild on Feb. 21.
“With the help of antibiotics and pain relief along with healing salt baths and good high-fat nutrition in the form of mackerel, five months later she is well enough to be released,” Charles said.
The RSPCA’s wildlife centers have seen an increase in seal admissions, from 262 in 2016 to 350 in 2017. The charity’s experts believe it’s due to extreme weather coming at the height of the grey seal breeding season.
“Not all seals seen along the coastline are in need of rescue and the public are urged to keep themselves and their dogs well away for their own safety as well as the seal’s,” RSPCA advises.
If the seal looks healthy one should only observe it from a distance and see if the mother returns within 24 hours. If the mother doesn’t return or one has concerns for the welfare of a seal, one can call the RSPCA’s UK emergency line on 0300 1234 999 to report the incident.
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