Billby has already made it so far. She's' done well in fish school, gained plenty of weight and is already in a pre-release pool.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV19108
Admitted on: 2019/09/08
Collection Site: Retreat Cove, Galiano Island
Reason for Admission: Upper respiratory; Wounds
Weight at Admission: 12 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 64 days (2 months, 4 days)
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.
Pre-Release Pool Bilby has demonstrated that she is confident eating fish on her and that she can compete for food with other harbour seals. She has been moved to a larger pool where she can further test and improve her skills. She will move between pools as she progresses further and develops her skills until she reaches her release weight. It can take just a few weeks or several months before a patient is ready for release, depending on health status and treatment plan, weight gain and transport availability.