Moose is one of the largest pups in his pool... he's done a good job gaining weight!
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: 94 days (3 months, 3 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.
Pre-Release Pool Moose has demonstrated that he is confident eating fish on his and that he can compete for food with other harbour seals. He has been moved to a larger pool where he can further test and improve his skills. 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 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.
Moose has gained quite a bit of weight and is progressing normally.