WATCH: Second seal pup this week rescued after getting stuck down hole

Second seal saved at Waxham Beach Norfolk

A second seal has been saved by Friends of Horsey Seals following a challenging rescue to free it after it got stuck between two rocks - Credit: Julie Sissons

A second seal pup has been rescued at Waxham Beach this week after getting stuck in a hole.

On Wednesday at around 2pm, a member of the public spotted the animal and called seal welfare charity Friends of Horsey Seals (FOHS), who quickly attended to help the stricken pup.

After a challenging rescue, the seal was fortunately lifted out of the hole and set free safely on the beach.

This is the second seal to find itself stuck down a hole in Waxham, after another had to be rescued on Monday, December 20, following a three-hour rescue which saved the pup from getting caught in the incoming tide.

Second seal rescued from Waxham Beach Friends of Horsey Seals

The seal pup had got itself stuck in sand up to its front flippers and had to be dug out by rescue volunteers for Friends of Horsey Seals - Credit: Julie Sissons

Mrs Bowden, volunteer for Friends of Horsey Seals, said: "We've rescued seals from holes in the past but it's very unusual to find two in the same week.

"The seal must have slipped down back-end first and got itself stuck in the sand up to its front flippers. The first rescuer on the scene had to dig it out and we then used a rope to pull the pup out.

"It was a dangerous rescue as the rescuer could have been bitten by the seal. Seal bites can lead to serious infection and require a a visit to the hospital straight away."

Friends of Horsey Seals rescue second seal pup from hole in Waxham Beach

The seal was safely released back on to Waxham Beach after it was rescued from a hole between two rocks - Credit: Julie Sissons

Known as 'seal finger,' seal bites can quickly lead to infection which if not treated quickly can result in the infected area having to be amputated.

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Since the rescue, FOHS are now hoping to raise funds for special metal gloves that protect against such bites and will make it easier to conduct similar rescues. As well as the gloves, the charity is also seeking animal-handling poles. 

The cost of the new safety equipment will be around £1,000 and those wishing to help can donate here. 

Mrs Bowden added: "If people find a seal trapped on their own, they should never try and free it themselves otherwise they could get a nasty injury."

If you spot a seal in distress, you can contact Friends of Horsey Seals' emergency number on 07706 314 514.