Moose really seems to be enjoying pool life. We caught him just as he was exiting the water after a swim ─ and he went right back in.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1940
Admitted on: 2019/07/20
Collection Site: Saturna Island
Reason for Admission: Emaciated; Maternal separation
Weight at Admission: 9 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 32 days (1 month, 1 day)
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.
Pre-Release Pool Moose 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.
Moose has gained quite a bit of weight and is progressing normally.