Record-breaking number of seals in our care

With more than 140 orphaned, injured and sick seals currently being looked after, our monthly mackerel bills alone are topping £14,000. Items such as essential medical treatment, electricity bills and additional costs for night feeds, also contribute to increased pressure on resources and the requirement for additional staffing.

It takes on average at least three months to rehabilitate and release a seal back to the wild so the ongoing costs are significant.

We urgently need your help to ensure we can continue to care for these amazing mammals. If it wasn’t for us, these seals might have starved to death.

Frisbee is lucky to be alive

Seal with frisbee round its neck © RSPCA

Found in an appalling state, this adult female grey seal may have been swimming around with a yellow frisbee on her neck for up to six months.

Inquisitive creatures by nature it’s likely Frisbee went over to investigate the discarded yellow plastic toy and that’s how it became stuck around her neck.

Over several months the toy became more and more embedded in her neck, not only causing horrific injuries but also restricting her ability to eat and drink.

When rescued, Frisbee was emaciated and weak. And when staff at our wildlife centre removed the yellow toy, it revealed a very deep and severely infected injury.

Alison Charles, wildlife centre manager said:

We’d never actually seen such a terrible wound, and to be honest we just didn’t think she would be able to recover from it.”

After months of veterinary care - including antibiotics and painkillers - Frisbee has made an amazing recovery, but there are many more sick, injured or orphaned seals who still urgently need our help.

Will you ensure we can continue to care for seals in urgent need of help with a one-off gift?