Roe has had some trouble competing for food in the bigger Harbour pool, so staff moved her into a smaller pool to give her another chance to figure it out...
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1938
Admitted on: 2019/07/19
Collection Site: Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Emaciated; Dehydrated
Weight at Admission: 7.35 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 33 days (1 month, 2 days)
Current Habitat: Ellie 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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: Staff
Pre-Release Pool Roe Paul 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.
Roe was admitted with numerous little wounds and swelling of the cornea (the eye's clear, protective outer layer). She is being treated with antibiotics and has already gained a little weight.