Based on photographic evidence alone, we'd say Steven and poolmate Ringo have become 'friends'.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1927
Admitted on: 2019/07/14
Collection Site: Harrison Lake
Reason for Admission: Emaciated; Maternal separation
Weight at Admission: 5.8 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 100 days (3 months, 1 week, 2 days)
Current Habitat: Rockfish 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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance
Pre-Release Pool Steven Sealberg has demonstrated that he is confident eating fish on his and that he can compete for food with other harbour seals. He has been moved to a larger pool where he can further test and improve his skills. He will move between pools as he progresses further and develops his skills until he reaches his 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.
Steven is getting used to being with other pups... with a little bit of luck, he'll be in a large pre-release pool very shortly.
Steven is off his meds. He's already gained quite a bit of weight and continues to make good progress.
Steven has made some progress. He definitely looks much better now!
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