Our practicum students reported that Dugong was a real sweetie to tube feed. They miss him since he moved to a bigger pool because he aced fish school, and now is working hard to gain the weight needed to be released. (JM)
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1934
Admitted on: 2019/07/17
Collection Site: Chemainus
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation
Weight at Admission: 9.27 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 35 days (1 month, 4 days)
Current Habitat: Seastar Pool
Patients that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a pool where they can learn how to compete with other animals. This is one of the smaller pools with a haul-out platform in the centre. It can only fit a few animals and is a good starting point for patients that have never been housed with another seal.
Also in Seastar Pool with Dugong:Meerkat
Pre-Release Pool Dugong has demonstrated that he is confident eating fish on his own. He has been moved to a larger pool where he can learn how to compete for fish with other harbour seals. 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.
Dugong's been moved to a bigger pool already, where he's being joined by a 'friend'.
Looks like Dugong is a fish school natural! He's already eating fish on his own.
After an incident ending with his milk matrix splashed on the wall of his tub rather than in his stomach, he suckled the milk from the wall... resourceful!
Dugong is a feisty one! He isn't waving at us in this picture... that's a defensive position and translates to "leave me alone". Well, he did allow people to approach him for his lunch...
Not much to say about Dugong since he's a new arrival, but look at that adorable face!