On New Years Eve, we successfully managed to capture one of the netted bulls that has been on our list for a considerable time. He is now safely at RSPCA East Winch undergoing treatment for a very deep, nasty wound encircling his neck.
We were able to use our new mobile stretcher carrier for the first time, and it proved to be a total success, especially as he was very heavy and a considerable distance from our vehicles.
We were thankful for the assistance of two members of Marine and Wildlife Rescue as it took six people to lift him, and then wheel the carrier over soft sand to the vehicles. Once there, he was transferred to an RSPCA van.
David Vyse, one of our rescue team and volunteer at East Winch, followed on to the hospital where he was able to assist the skeleton staff on duty with unloading the seal and helping to delicately remove the netting from his neck, which had deeply embedded into the tissue. As expected, he was extremely unhappy and ferocious.
He began to eat almost immediately which is a good sign and has now been transferred to a large pool outside and will be released when he’s better.
We continue to pick up netting and rope from our beaches.
Colossus has been released after recovering at RSPCA East Winch
In response to government advice on minimising the spread of Covid 19 virus and to comply with our duty of care to our volunteers and visitors Friends of Horsey Seals (FoHS) are standing down all our wardens from Sunday 22nd March 2020.