Heartbreaking images show seal in agony with frisbee trapped round its neck

Seals with frisbees trapped on their necks have been spotted on the UK coast, as the number of animals affected by plastic litter reaches an all-time high.

Two more were tangled in a fishing nets in shocking sightings over the last fortnight.

The latest incidents off the Norfolk coast come as the RSPCA reports a 22% rise in animals suffering due to plastic litter.

Incidents rose from 472 in 2015 to 579 last year.

Some animals are being disproportionately affected by plastic, the charity said, with a fourfold rise incidents involving seals.

There were 28 such incidents recorded in 2018 compared with five in 2015, the RSPCA said.

The latest pictures follow a string of heartbreaking incidents of Norfolk seals with flying rings trapped round their necks.

Volunteers have helped to rescue three seals with their necks trapped in the discs to date, but only after they weakened enough to be caught.

It has prompted the Friends of Horsey Seals wildlife group to launch a campaign urging locals to make sure the toys are never left at the beach.

A seal called Mrs Frisbee was rescued in 2017 and released the following year and a second called Pinkafo was rescued last December and released in May.

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