Iron Man was rescued on 24th December 2014
Iron Man, 3 months old male grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Pendeen by Richard & Sue, members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team, on 24th December 2014.

This pup was severely injured by being entangled in approximately nine metres of net.

Whilst on the beach, Richard managed to cut away most of thick netting from around the poor seal pup´s neck.

Entangled Netting
Warning - Please be aware that the photos via this link show a very deep wound (not for the squeamish).
Iron Man The pup was transported by Dave & Lesley Jarvis, members of the BDMLR team, to the seal sanctuary´s hospital and put into pen number 4.

The Animal Care Team said "this is the worse net entanglement wound they have ever seen".

Paul Riley, the local vet from Head & Head in Helston, checked and assessed the seal, then prescribed antibiotics and painkillers for the pup. Iron Man weighed 16kgs when he arrived at the seal hospital.
Update - 1st January 2015 : Iron Man has put on a few pounds since he arrived at the hospital, currently weighs 19.5kgs.

He has been getting lots of "TLC" by the Animal Care Team.

Click here to see a larger version of this photo of Iron Man taken on 31st December 2014 and Click here to watch a short video.
Iron Man
Update - 8th January 2015 : The good news Iron Man is now in nursery pool 4 with another pup named Odin and although he is still on treatment, the saltwater is doing wonders - he is one incredibly hardy and very brave little seal! His flipper tag number is 066 (yellow).
Seal Release - 12th March 2015 Update - 17th March 2015 : Iron Man was released back into the wild along with Spongebobby, Beast and Hong Kong Phooey on 12th March 2015.

Click here to watch a short video package of the seal release by BBC Spotlight South West Country TV.

Click here to read Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group´s press release, who will monitor this seal´s progress back on the wild.

Each pup at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary can cost up to £1,000+ to rescue, rehabilitate and release, if you would like to help by adopting a pup (Adoption £25 each pup) or make a donation towards a pup´s rehabilitation,
please click here for more details.


The staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary do a brilliant job and without your help, they couldn´t continue.

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