Erin Sonego headed to the beach to collect rubbish and discovered a tiny sub-Antarctic fur seal who had gotten tangled in a net. The exhausted baby was wrapped in the netting and even had a piece of string threaded through its mouth, preventing it from moving very far or being able to feed.

Sonego summoned the help of wildlife officer Maddy Bagg, who rushed to the scene with another officer, Mandy Watson. Luckily, the netting wasn’t very strong, enabling the rescuers to easily and gently cut it away while carefully restraining the seal with blankets. They quickly freed the seal, who appeared to be okay aside from being slightly underweight.

If the seal had gone much longer without being discovered, it may not have survived. Thank you rescuers, from saving this tiny seal from what could have been an agonizing fate.