MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Giant Anteater

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV1944

Admitted on: 2019/07/21

Collection Site: Salt Spring Island

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Underweight

Weight at Admission: 8.05 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 31 days (1 month)

Current Habitat: Out of Quarantine

Once a patient has spent some time in quarantine and been given a clean bill of health, they are moved to a larger and deeper tub and leave quarantine. Here they can improve their skills until they are moved to a pool with other harbour seals.

Transfer History

Received from: IWNCC

Original Admission: 2019/07/20

Weight at Admission: 7.95 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Patient Progress

Fish School Giant Anteater is now in fish school. He is currently learning how to eat fish on his own. All pups are initially hand-fed, but later fish is just thrown into their tub to give them an opportunity to dive for, grab and swallow the fish whole, head first. It's something all pups need to learn, and it requires quite some skill. Eventually, Giant Anteater will eat entirely on his own at which point he will graduate from fish school.

Patient Updates

Anteater has been a bit challenging to feed over his first few days at the rescue centre, but he's already gained quite a bit of weight and is progressing normally.

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