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Kerplunk being operated on by Paul Riley, a director of Head and Head vets in Helston
In only the second such operation performed on a rescued seal pup in the UK, Paul Riley (a director at Head & Head vets in Helston) amputated the flipper after discovering that all bar one of the metatarsal bones were not just broken, but were actually necrotic and starting to slough out of the wound.

Paul examined Kerplunk on arrival at the sanctuary and initially prescribed antibiotics and pain relief whilst she stabilised enough to undergo sedation for X-rays. The injury is believed to have been inflicted by an adult seal and resulted in the unfortunate female pup - since christened ´Kerplunk´ - having to be rescued from Crackington Haven in Cornwall on 27th September 2015.