Seal pup rescued after swallowing plastic bag

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A seal pup is recovering at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary after he swallowed a plastic bag.

Named Brian May, after the Queen guitarist, the pup was rescued off the coast when he was just five weeks old. He was found wounded and severely malnourished.

When trying to feed him, staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary realised he had already ingested two pieces of plastic with a diameter of 8cm. They say Brian May could have died.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust says plastic pollution is affecting more sea life now than ever and more action needs to be done to protect the sea.

The Trust, working with the University of Exeter, says the main problem is caused by wildlife ingesting micro-plastics.

How plastic pollution is affecting seals and other marine life by World Animal Protection.