A Norfolk weekly has formed a campaign to Save Our Seals following a stark warning that up to 1,500 seals could die in The Wash.
The Lynn News broke the story that a disease which killed half of the 3,000 common seals in The Wash 14 years ago is back.
The killer disease, phocine distemper virus, has already killed more than 230 seals in Dutch waters over the past two months.
With fears that it could soon cause devastation to the seal population on the North Norfolk coast, the newspaper is desperately urging readers to donate towels, sheets and blankets to help nurse the sick seals.
Because of the severity of the disease, the towels can only be used once, so the News is asking readers to give as many as possible.
Veterinary manager, Ian Robinson, said: “It is going to cause mortality, and if we only lose the same number as they have in Holland, we will be very, very lucky.”
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