Lola was transferred to Vancouver Aquarium after 210 days in our care.
Species: Northern Fur Seal
Patient ID: CU2101
Admitted on: 2021/01/22
Collection Site: Salt Spring Island
Reason for Admission: Malnutrition; ocular injury
Weight at Admission: 9.5 kg
Patient Status: transferred
Time in Care: 210 days (6 months, 3 weeks, 6 days)
Lola has been deemed non-releasable by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Due to his visual impairment and inability to forage for live food or escape predation, Lola is not suitable for release back to the wild.
Lola is now recovering from his second eye surgery, and is doing great. He is getting daily eye drops, as well as oral medication to help with the healing process. Lola is full of sass and loves follow staff members around his enclosure. Despite being a marine mammal, we have discovered that he dislikes the water hose...although he loves to swim!
Lola has recovered from his first eye surgery. You can still see where the fur was shaved off to keep fur from the surgical site. Staff that his vision has improved, and he's now waiting for his second surgery.
Lola has been with us for over a month and is doing well. If she continues to gain weight, her eye surgery will take place soon and we hope to be able to help her regain some eyesight.
Lola has been diagnosed with bilateral congenital cataracts. She will have surgery on both eyes to remove the cataracts, with hopes of regaining some of her eyesight. It is likely that due to her disability, she will eventually be deemed non-releasable. The rescue centre is working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to determine the best possible outcome for her. Lola now weighs 12.2 kg (she's slowly gaining weight) and is being fed 4-5 times a day.