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'Very sick' grey seal pup with septic cuts rescued from Mundesley beach

PUBLISHED: 16:19 02 July 2018

Photo: Seal and Shore Watch

Photo: Seal and Shore Watch

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A "very sick" grey seal entangled in nylon fishing line has been rescued from Mundesley beach.

Photo: Seal and Shore WatchPhoto: Seal and Shore Watch

The injured animal was spotted by a lifeguard on Saturday, June 30, suffering from septic cuts where the line had sliced into its blubber.

The seal, thought to be under one year old, was taken to the RSPCA wildlife hospital in East Winch for treatment, where it was placed in one of the seal pools.

Seal and Shore Watch medic Alison Cramp said: “When I made my way down there I saw it was obvious that this was a very sick seal.

“There was no way of telling how long it had been out of the water.

Photo: Seal and Shore WatchPhoto: Seal and Shore Watch

“This massive amount of fishing line was around it and it was so entangled.

“The cut was already going septic.”

Volunteers including passers by and a Mundesley beach lifeguard helped get the animal into the seal bag for transportation to the wildlife hospital.

A statement on the Seal and Shore Watch Facebook page read: “Our medic immediately saw how badly this juvenile grey seal was injured.

Photo: Seal and Shore WatchPhoto: Seal and Shore Watch

“The nylon line had wrapped itself round and round the neck of the seal numerous times,slicing through the blubber and turning septic.

“The decision was to get this seal to East Winch RSPCA Wildlife hospital as soon as possible.

“Our medic did not hesitate and drove the seal herself.

“The seal was put into one of the seal pools as soon as it arrived at the Wildlife hospital.

“Salt was added to the water which will help with the injuries and to ease the pain the seal must have been in.”

The seal, nicknamed Puri, has been given painkillers and antibiotics, and had the net removed from his neck.

He is expected to remain at East Winch for at least several weeks recovery.

Seal and Shore Watch operate along the Norfolk coastline from Sea Palling to Weybourne.

The group are trying to fundraise for a seal pool to be installed at the Wild Touch animal sanctuary at Ridlington.

This would allow injured seals to receive treatment without needing to be driven to the East Winch centre in King’s Lynn, an hour away from north Norfolk.

To make a donation, visit Seal and Shore Watch’s JustGiving page.

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