Jessica is everyone's favourite these days. She is blind, but that seems not to be stopping her from enjoying herself. She's frequently seen playing with her favourite enrichment toys, and very active and curious.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1902
Admitted on: 2019/02/18
Collection Site: Kitsilano
Reason for Admission: Eye injuries; underweight
Weight at Admission: ──
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 152 days (5 months)
Current Habitat: Stickleback Pool
This is a large pre-release pool that houses many patients. Animals that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a larger pool like this where they can learn how to compete for fish and socialize with other harbour seals.
Thank you all for your kind comments. Some of you have been asking about Jessica Seal's status. At this point, she remains in our temporary care as a patient. No decision has been made regarding her release. Following Jessica Seal's rehabilitation, we will work with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to determine whether or not she meets the release criteria. Ultimately, any decision will take into account what is best for the animal under animal welfare considerations. For now, staff are happy with her progress in rehabilitation and excited to see her eagerly explore her surroundings despite her limitations.
Jessica is doing well. She continues to gain weight and is looking better then ever. She may not be able to see much at all, but she is making up for it with her excellent hearing and sense of smell. Jessica is very active and curious and can been seen doing normal seal things throughout the day. Staff is happy with her progress.
Jessica Seal has made good progress. Her eye is healing nicely, she is gaining weight.
Jessica is responding well to treatment. She has a great appetite!
Jessica Seal is blind in the left eye and has limited sight on the right. She's also underweight (and very hungry!).