Bill has arrived in one of our largest pre-release pools. He has clearly gained quite a bit of weight since we last checked in on him and is on track for a successful release in a few weeks.
Bill Fry the Science Guy
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1929
Admitted on: 2019/07/15
Collection Site: Crofton
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Emaciated
Weight at Admission: 6.4 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 99 days (3 months, 1 week, 1 day)
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: Norm's Heli
Pre-Release Pool Bill Fry the Science Guy 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.
Bill has a new pool mate, but he's still training for the bigger pool...
Next step for Bill is to figure out how to compete for food with other pups. So we gave him a friend... meet Steven Sealberg!
Bill may be a tiny pup... but he's in a big pool now!
Bill was emaciated when he arrived at the rescue centre, but he is slowly gaining weight and already looking a bit better!