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Seal danger Animal charity warns public about littering after can gets stuck in seal's mouth

Waterford SPCA shared some devastating photos today of the young seal at Belfast harbour with a Red Bull can stuck in its mouth

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The seal pup at Belfast harbour

The seal pup at Belfast harbour

The seal pup at Belfast harbour

An animal charity is asking the public to think before littering after a soft drink can got stuck in a seal pup’s tooth in Belfast yesterday.

Waterford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shared some devastating photos today of the young seal at Belfast harbour with a Red Bull can stuck in its mouth.

Volunteers attempted to catch the pup to retrieve the can but were unsuccessful. They are returning to the water today to try again.

Waterford SPCA added that the seal “might die a slow death” as the can is blocking its mouth and highlighted the importance of disposing of rubbish appropriately.

In a social media statement, the organisation said: “Think before you litter.

“This very sad photo is a seal pup that is currently located in Belfast harbour, the soft drink can is stuck in its mouth and he cannot remove it because it is suspected a tooth penetrated the can as the pup was playing with it as it was floating in the water.

****Think before you litter**** This very sad photo is a seal pup that is currently located in Belfast harbour, the soft...

Posted by Waterford Spca on Thursday, October 7, 2021

“Volunteers in Belfast spent yesterday trying to catch the pup but unfortunately luck was not on their side and they are returning to the harbour today to try again. This seal might die a slow death because it is now unable to feed because of the can stuck in its mouth.

“Waterford SPCA would like to wish the volunteers in Belfast the very best of luck with the task ahead of them today.

“Please think before you discard any kind of rubbish and the effect that it can have on the wildlife and environment and remember that everything ends up in the ocean eventually.”

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