WATCH: Winterton beach release for injured seal Sir David Attenborough
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With barely a backward glance Sir David, the third seal to be rescued with a frisbee in its neck, plunged into the surf at Winterton.
The adult male was picked up weak and emaciated at Horsey in April.But after three months in hospital, much of his treatment paid for by well-wishers, the animal was back frolicking in the waves.
Named after Sir David Attenborough, the broadcaster and naturalist whose Blue Planet programme lifted the lid on the scale of plastic pollution, his story touched a chord with animal lovers.
Alison Charles, centre manager at RSPCA East Winch, where he was nursed back to health, said: "We have been really pleased at how well his wounds healed and we would like to thank all the members of the public who have donated bags of salt to his care, as they have been a vital part of his rehabilitation.
"When we were confident that his wound was clean and free from infection, we took the decision to move Sir David to our outside pool.
"There he was able to continue to recover and also build up his fitness and strength.
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"It was all about good nutrition and time. We built up his strength by throwing his fish one at a time at each end of his pool so that he had to exercise and stretch his neck to keep his healing scar tissue from becoming restricted.
Alison added: "We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the generosity of the public through their amazing donations.
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"I really can't quite believe how brilliant the response has been.
"It's just so heart-warming that so many people have wanted to help with Sir David's recovery - his story has really touched a chord with so many animal lovers.
A spokesperson for Friends of Horsey Seals added: "Our grateful thanks to the RSPCA at East Winch for all their dedicated care and hard work in nursing Sir David back to health. It was so nice to see him go back to where he belongs."
Sir David is the third seal to be found with a plastic frisbee embedded in his neck.
In September 2017, Mrs Frisbee, was admitted with a yellow plastic frisbee cutting deeply into her neck.Pinkafo, was rescued in December and she was released in May.If you see an animal you have concerns about please call the RSPCA's emergency line on 0300 1234 999.