Meet Pinocchio!

Pinocchio is a 2 week old male common seal pup that was rescued and transported to the centre on 22nd August 2016 from Killcoole Beach in Co Wicklow by Peter Plunkett.

Poor Pinocchio was underweight at only 12.8kg, very dehydrated, had a high temperature and had a very swollen face which was causing him issues when trying to breath.

As soon as he arrived at the centre he was given very strong antibiotic injections and plenty of fluids to hydrate him.

Poor Pinocchio had a very nasty infection and you could smell it as soon as you got close to him. Over the next few days he stayed in ICU being tube fed fluids and antibiotics.

Every day you could see a big difference in his face and as the swelling went down you could see some wounds around his muzzle.

Thankfully he was a fighter and with all the TLC he was well on the road to recovery. After a few more days of getting tube fed fish soup we moved him into the kennels where he had access to a bath and plenty of salt water.

Pinocchio started to eat fish on his own pretty quick which was great and we put him in with Mufasa for company.

Although most of the swelling is gone he still has a long way to go.

We will keep you posted on Pinocchio's progress.

If you would like to help Pinocchio or any of our other seals through rehabilitation you can do so by clicking on one of the links below.