Taylor has joined a few 'friends' in a larger pool where she's learning how to compete for fish.
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: 210 days (6 months, 4 weeks)
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.
Also in Rockfish Pool with Taylor Drift:Spirit Bear
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance
Pre-Release Pool Taylor Drift has demonstrated that she is confident eating fish on her and that she can compete for food with other harbour seals. She has been moved to a larger pool where she can further test and improve her skills. 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.
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.