Polar Bear is being treated for an infection. To better control how much she eats while she is receiving medication, she has been temporarily moved to a separate pool.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1956
Admitted on: 2019/07/26
Collection Site: Saturna Island
Reason for Admission: Emaciated; Lethargic
Weight at Admission: 8.9 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 208 days (6 months, 3 weeks, 5 days)
Current Habitat: Orca Pool
This is a pool designed to accommodate cetaceans, e. g. harbour porpoise. It is also used as the largest pre-release pool, holding 160,000 litres of water. When used for harbour seal pups, those who have made it this far will soon be released. They have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own and compete with others. They are probably already tagged as well. Now they only need to gain a little bit of weight.
Pre-Release Pool Polar Bear 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.
The bigger pool seems to be working for Polar Bear.
Polar Bear is still in fish school, showing some interest in fish... but still needs some time.