Wildlife rescue workers are calling for sports clubs to put away their netting when not in use, after another callout to rescue an animal caught in a football net in Eastbourne. The animal was twisting itself around trying to get free - instead, only further entangling its neck.
The team from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) responded to an emergency call at 8am on Sunday morning by a passer-by with their son.
In this case the rescued fox is responding well to emergency treatment at the WRAS’s Casualty Centre at Whitesmith.
The WRAS team say they are called to deal with around a dozen wildlife casualties a year. The animals have been caught in netting on sports fields, such as cricket tunnels, football goals and discarded netting left on the sides of sports fields. Hedgehogs, foxes, badgers and deer are some of the animals that have become entangled.
A seal has been rescued from a beach in Eastbourne by the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS). The WRAS were called out by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) late on Sunday night. Trevor Weeks MBE from the service caught the seal and examined it.
The animal was covered in blood and had puncture wounds. The seal will be monitored and treated for its injuries over the next 48 hours. The team were not sure what caused the seal's injuries but suggested it could have been rough weather or a fight with another seal.
Mr Weeks said: “The seal was a reasonable weight for its rough age, and well hydrated too, but the injuries were of concern. We decided that the seal should have some treatment and observation at the seal facilities at RSPCA Mallydams at Fairlight, Hastings”