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Horsey seal injured by plastic ring returns to the wild

2021-7-24 11:56| 发布者: hujian| 查看: 15| 评论: 0

摘要: A seal left with deep wounds after having had a white plastic ring stuck around its neck for two and half years has been released back to the wild"Mrs Vicar" was finally captured on Horsey Beach, near ...


A seal left with deep wounds after having had a white plastic ring stuck around its neck for two and half years has been released back to the wild

"Mrs Vicar" was finally captured on Horsey Beach, near Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk, on 4 April.

After three months of of antibiotics, pain relief and care at the RSPCA's East Winch wildlife centre she was strong enough to return to the wild.

She was released into the River Nene at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire.

Mrs Vicar being releasedIMAGE COPYRIGHTPA WIRE/JOE GIDDENS
image captionMrs Vicar should make her way to the North Sea after being released into the River Nene in Lincolnshire

The adult grey seal had been spotted with the ring around her neck but she kept evading capture.

As she grew, the rigid ring became more embedded leaving her with an infected wound that was 7cm (2.8in) deep when she was taken to East Winch.

Vets removed the ring, which was described by Peter Ansell, chairman of the Friends of Horsey Seals group, as a "type of flange, possibly used in large scale pipework".

Managers at the hospital were uncertain whether she would pull through, with a spokesman describing it as the worst injury of its type the charity had seen.

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Plastic ring removed from sealIMAGE COPYRIGHTRSPCA
image captionThe ring was removed after Mrs Vicar was captured by volunteers in April

Ben Kirby, interim centre manager at RSPCA East Winch, said: "The wound on Mrs Vicar's neck will always be very visible and is a sad reminder of how much damage plastics in our seas can cause to the natural world.

"Since day one she has just fought and fought to survive and never gave up, despite how sick she was.

"We just all feel so proud to have been able to help her with this second chance."


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