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Seal recovers from neck injuries

Injured seal
The seal is one of about 150 that will be cared for at the centre this year

A seal is recovering at a Norfolk wildlife centre after being found with a plastic ring around its neck.

The seal to a plastic container had cut into the animal's skin leaving the wound infected.

The female seal was collected by the RSPCA from a beach in Northumberland and brought to the East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk.

The animal has been named Travellers' Rest to reflect her 230-mile (370 km) journey to recovery.

Alison Charles, wildlife centre manager, said: "This is the third neck injury in as many months and shows the sort of damage that litter can do to all animals.

"The wound is all around the seal's neck and needs daily bathing. She is being treated with antibiotics and having pain relief, but she is a very feisty character and I hope she will recover well."

The centre takes in approximately 150 seals per year from all around the country for treatment in the specialist seal rehabilitation unit.



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