Plea for salt as ‘brave little girl’ seal fights for life
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Donations of salt are needed to help a poorly but brave young seal who is fighting for her life.
The RSPCA Wildlife hospital in East Winch has made the appeal to help save Bouncy Castle, a female seal who was found severely injured and crying out in pain on the beach at Bacton on Wednesday, February 12.
Alison Charles, manager of the hospital said: "This little girl is so very poorly. In so much pain as the toxins run rampant through her body."
When she was found, Bouncy Castle had netting was around her back flippers. Every time she tried to move it pulled tighter around her neck, making her cry out in pain.
Mrs Charles added: "She is laying on her back, keeping her neck very still trying to alleviate the trauma of the terrible pain from the badly infected wounds that were caused by the entanglement of the netting.
"Bouncy Castle is receiving the very best of care. Antibiotics,pain relief along with hydration fluids, given by the dedicated intensive care team."
She said it would be three or four days before the antibiotics kicked in and they would know if Bouncy Castle had a chance at survival.
"Meanwhile say a little prayer for our brave girl as she lays there fighting for her life," she said.
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"The RSPCA would be extremely grateful for donations of salt, for the baths Bouncy Castle will be needing.
"We are grateful to those of you that have already responded to the plea for salt."
A Seal and Shore Watch UK spokesperson said: "Say a little prayer for our brave girl as she lays there fighting for her life."
Meanwhile, messages of support for Bouncy Castle from members of the public have been flooding in via the Seal and Shore Watch's social media channels. One message said: "Keep resting Bouncy Castle to allow you're poor little body to mend, we are all thinking of you and praying you pull through so you can swim in the wonderful sea again."
Bouncy Castle and other seals currently being treated at the hospital have been informally named after fairground rides. The seal pup was born earlier this winter.
Anyone who sees a seal or other animal in distress can report it to the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
To donate salt or other items the hospital needs, go to www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/2QW97YL6JNRPQ?type