A baby seal was hopelessly tangled in a fishing net and wounded until a compassionate team of British wildlife rescuers helped the little guy out.
Team members from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary worked together to free the young seal, who had a nasty wound from the fishing line that was cutting into his neck.
Researchers first spotted the injured pup while observing his herd off the coast of the U.K. They alerted the local marine rescue groups and soon, a small team was formed to come to the seal’s aid.
The seal was understandably frightened by the fast-approaching human footsteps, but was too hurt to escape.
Instantly, rescuers saw the gaping wound on the seal’s neck — raw, red and painful.
Embedded in his skin was thin fishing line, and if it wasn’t removed, this seal would eventually be strangled as his body grew around the vice-like grip on his neck.
Team members quickly threw a towel over his body and got to work calming the scared creature down.
The seal tried his best to wriggle away, but the strong grip of the rescuer kept him secure. Once he relaxed, rescuers could take a closer look at his wound.
The cut was deep, and rescuers had to deliberate on whether releasing the seal back into the sea would be his best bet.
“We’re trying to help, mate,” rescuers reassured the seal as they began cutting away the deadly fishing net.
As rescuers quickly worked, the seal began to nuzzle into the towel and relax. Rescuers used the opportunity to give his neck a quick spray-down with an antiseptic.
“You’re a very brave boy,” they gently reassured him.
The team agreed that this little guy was going to do just fine back in the wild. The salt water would help his wound stay clean, giving his body time to heal.
With a hearty farewell, the team watched as the young seal scampered back into the waves to rejoin his herd.
The seal’s sad predicament is a good reminder to clean up any trash you may see out in the wild and do your part to live in harmony with the wildlife around us.
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