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: 88 days (2 months, 3 weeks, 6 days)
Current Habitat: Coho Pool
Patients that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a pool where they can learn how to compete with other animals. This is one of the smaller pools with a haul-out platform in the centre. It can only fit a few animals and is a good starting point for patients that have never been housed with another seal.
Also in Coho Pool with Polar Bear:Pygmy Tarsier
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.