MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Taylor Drift

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV1950

Admitted on: 2019/07/24

Collection Site: Spanish Banks

Reason for Admission: Marine mammal disturbance; Underweight

Weight at Admission: 7.65 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 28 days

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: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance

Patient Progress

Fish School Taylor Drift is now in fish school. She is currently learning how to eat fish on her 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, Taylor Drift will eat entirely on her own at which point she will graduate from fish school.

Patient Updates

She didn't play with paint! The green dye is part of an eye test. Fluorescein dye is used for pups with potential eye ulcers. The dye will adhere to any ulcers/scratches/divets etc. on the eye and staff can provide treatment based on what they see.

Taylor has been described as "feisty", and she definitely didn't like her tube-feeds at first and made that very clear. But she's gaining weight and otherwise progressing normally.

Guestbook for Taylor Drift

  1. So good to see her again and to see that’s she’s alright. I was her guardian at spanish banks until help arrived. She was very tired and looked hungry. Thank all of you who showed up and then returned the next morning to rescue her…you are all superstars!!

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