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Sutton Bridge sees 'special moment' of grey seals released back into the wild after recovering from severe necklace wounds

Two seals who suffered horrific necklace wounds have been released at a site in Sutton Bridge.

RSPCA staff from the East Winch Wildife Centre have been caring for five grey seals, including two called Gypsy and Icelandic Pony, which have been released back into the wild.

Gypsy was exhausted with a 1inch wound around her neck, caused by a discarded rope type net, and weighing just 40kg when she was rescued in July at Somerton by volunteers from the Friends of Horsey Seals.

Gypsy the seal (18777328)
Gypsy the seal (18777328)

RSPCA staff treated her with daily salt baths, antibiotics and oral medication.

Another necklace seal called Icelandic Pony was rescued in August after netting had become caught around her neck and body.

The remaining seals were all pups who had been sick and suffering from a range of health issues including lungworm and injuries.

RSPCA centre manager Alison Charles said: “It’s always a special moment when you have the privilege of watching a wild animal be released back to the wild where they belong and something I don’t think I will ever grow tired of seeing.

“For all the seals that come into our care the road to recovery is usually a long one, as it takes time to build up their strength and get them to an ideal weight where they will be strong enough to survive in the wild.”

If you see an animal you have concerns about please call the RSPCA's emergency line on 0300 1234 999.

Do not attempt to capture or handle an injured seal.

Netting retrived from one of the seal's necks. (18777330)
Netting retrived from one of the seal's necks. (18777330)

For more information on what to do with injured wild animals, visit the RSPCA’s website at: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/injuredanimals

Anyone whoyou would like to donate towards the cost of this seal and others at the centre can donate via https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/eastwinchseals

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