Shell-en is tiny and weighed only 6.65 when she was admitted, but she's alert and curious and seems to be doing well. She is being fed a milk formula, and she should start gaining weight quickly.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1939
Admitted on: 2019/07/20
Collection Site: McNeill Bay
Reason for Admission: Marine mammal disturbance
Weight at Admission: 6.65 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 32 days (1 month, 1 day)
Current Habitat: Coho 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: Harbour Air
Shell-en was discovered up by a concerned member of the public who, sadly, without waiting for help, simply picked her up and took her to a local veterinary clinic.
Pre-Release Pool Shell-en DeGeneres 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.
We rescue, rehabilitate and release 100-150 animals like Shell-en DeGeneres every year. You can support our important mission by symbolically adopting Shell-en DeGeneres today with a small donation to the rescue centre.