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Last Updated: Tuesday September 21 2010 14:42 GMT

Towels needed to help sick seals

Seal at the centre

A charity is asking people to donate their old beach towels to help sick and injured seals.

The RSPCA's East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk say they desperately need more towels.

They are currently looking after more than 50 seals and can get through up to 120 towels every day.

Fresh towels are needed every time the baby seals are fed, and are used to help vets handle the animals, and to keep the seals warm.

Seal on the beach

This is a very busy time for the wildlife centre, as seals tend to have their babies during the summer months.

Animal centre manager Alison Charles said: "It may seem odd but towels and blankets are vital to our staff when handling the seals, and they also provide much needed warmth for very small seals."

People are being asked to take towels directly to the centre. Towel collection points have also been set up at Tesco stores in King's Lynn, Gaywood, Downham Market and Fakenham.