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Happy ending for Frisbee the seal as she is released into the North Sea

PUBLISHED: 17:24 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:06 21 February 2018

Frisbee the seal charges towards the sea at Horsey Gap after being released by the RSPCA. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Frisbee the seal charges towards the sea at Horsey Gap after being released by the RSPCA. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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After months in rehab building up blubber she was gone in a matter of minutes.

RSPCA seal wardens gently guide Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY RSPCA seal wardens gently guide Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Frisbee the seal ploughed into the waves at Horsey cheered on by some 50 well-wishers - and a bank of clicking cameras.

Lolloping across the sands towards the churning water she seemed to embrace her new-found freedom, bobbing up a couple of times before disappearing beneath the sea.

A last goodbye to the RSPCA seal wardens by Frisbee the seal as she is guided to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY A last goodbye to the RSPCA seal wardens by Frisbee the seal as she is guided to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The adult female was admitted to the RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife Centre in September with a gruesome, life-threatening injury caused by a frisbee stuck round her neck.

Her heart-warming release came as the charity launched an urgent crisis appeal for funds, revealing its monthly fish bill topped £14,000 as it struggled to keep pace with a surging number of patients.

Frisbee the seal with the scarring on her neck noticeable after having the frisbee stuck there, makes her way to the sea at Horsey Gap after being released by the RSPCA. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Frisbee the seal with the scarring on her neck noticeable after having the frisbee stuck there, makes her way to the sea at Horsey Gap after being released by the RSPCA. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Alison Charles, manager of RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre said: “Frisbee’s story really highlights the work that goes into getting a seal ready to be released.

“It can take months of medical treatment and huge amounts of mackerel before they’re well enough to return to the wild where they belong.

Onlookers watch as the RSPCA seal wardens gently guide Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Onlookers watch as the RSPCA seal wardens gently guide Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“Frisbee was extremely emaciated when she was admitted and needed really intensive care.

“She had clearly been starving for a long time, unable to eat with the frisbee compressing and cutting deep into her neck.

Onlookers watch as the RSPCA seal wardens gently guide Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Onlookers watch as the RSPCA seal wardens gently guide Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“I’ve never seen such a terrible, deep and infected wound before and hope I never do again.

“Frisbee was near death and we really didn’t think she’d survive. But once we’d removed the plastic ring and she could extend her neck and eat, it was obviously a huge relief to her and she didn’t look back.

Frisbee the seal charges towards the sea at Horsey Gap after being released by the RSPCA. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Frisbee the seal charges towards the sea at Horsey Gap after being released by the RSPCA. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“With the help of antibiotics and pain relief along with healing salt baths and good high-fat nutrition in the form of mackerel, five months later she is well enough to be released.”

MORE: Seal who had frisbee stuck round her neck to be returned home to Norfolk beach

Frisbee the seal swims away after being released by the RSPCA at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Frisbee the seal swims away after being released by the RSPCA at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Frisbee was just one of a record 350 seals admitted to RSPCA centres last year, up nearly 100 from the previous year.

Experts at the animal charity believe the high number of seal admissions is due to a ‘perfect storm’ of extreme weather coming at the height of the grey seal breeding season.

The media film as RSPCA seal wardens release Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The media film as RSPCA seal wardens release Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

RSPCA head of wildlife Adam Grogan said: “We really need the public’s help because without their donations we simply couldn’t do what we do.

To support the charity’s Seal Appeal click on this link.

Onlookers watch as RSPCA seal wardens gently guide Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Onlookers watch as RSPCA seal wardens gently guide Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Onlookers watch as RSPCA seal wardens gently guide Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Onlookers watch as RSPCA seal wardens gently guide Frisbee the seal back to the sea at Horsey Gap. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY













































































































































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