In a big step for Reef, she's moved into a pre-release pool to learn how to compete for fish with other harbour seal pups. She really seems to enjoy the full-time access to water...
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1935
Admitted on: 2019/07/17
Collection Site: Boundary Bay
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Underweight
Weight at Admission: 6.9 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 35 days (1 month, 4 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: Staff
Pre-Release Pool Reef Witherspoon 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.
Reef is progressing normally. She's gaining weight... and she seems to be a feisty one! At the very least she's quite vocal...