Staff at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre are caring for a seal found with a plastic frisbee embedded in its neck.
The severely ill and weakened seal, named Pinkafo, was caught on Waxham Beach in Norfolk with a deep, severely infected neck wound.
Alison Charles, manager of the wildlife centre, said: “When this poor seal arrived, she was in an appalling state – very sick and weak with a heavily infected neck wound.
“Our priority was to remove the pink plastic frisbee which was deeply embedded in poor Pinkafo’s neck.
“It was a very difficult job, as the plastic was particularly tough, and we had to remove it piece by piece with a pair of garden secateurs.
“Sadly, this is not the first time we’ve had to care for a seal injured by plastic litter. In September last year, we admitted Mrs Frisbee, another female grey seal with a yellow plastic frisbee deeply embedded in her neck. Happily, she responded to treatment, and following several months of rehabilitation, we were able to release her in February this year.
“We sincerely hope that Pinkafo also has the strength to pull through, but she is definitely not out of the woods yet and the next few days will be critical.
“It is heartbreaking to think that this could have been prevented if people just took extra care with their litter. Many people are just unaware of the problems discarded plastic can cause for our wildlife.”