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.
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: in care
Time in Care: 143 days (4 months, 3 weeks)
Current Habitat: Cali Pool
This is a pre-release pool. Animals that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a larger pool where they can learn how to compete for fish and socialize with other harbour seals.
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.