Impala has already gained a little weight. We have begun weening him onto fish, and he is being hand-fed herring for now. With a little bit of luck and talent, he'll make it through fish school in no time!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1933
Admitted on: 2019/07/16
Collection Site: Genoa Bay
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation
Weight at Admission: 9.75 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 36 days (1 month, 5 days)
Current Habitat: Orca Pool
This is a pool designed to accommodate cetaceans, e. g. harbour porpoise. It is also used as the largest pre-release pool, holding 160,000 litres of water. When used for harbour seal pups, those who have made it this far will soon be released. They have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own and compete with others. They are probably already tagged as well. Now they only need to gain a little bit of weight.
Pre-Release Pool Impala has demonstrated that she is confident eating fish on her own. She has been moved to a larger pool where she can learn how to compete for fish with other harbour seals. 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.