Awww they grow up so fast. Okapi is already in a big pool, learning how to compete with other seals.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1941
Admitted on: 2019/07/20
Collection Site: Piers Island
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Emaciated
Weight at Admission: 9.3 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 32 days (1 month, 1 day)
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 Okapi 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.
Okapi is quite feisty and a challenge to feed! But she's already gained some weight and is progressing normally.