Ringo has made it into a pre-release pool!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1957
Admitted on: 2019/07/26
Collection Site: Quarry Bay, Nelson Island
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Emaciated; Eye injury
Weight at Admission: 7.45 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 88 days (2 months, 3 weeks, 6 days)
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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: Norm's Heli
Pre-Release Pool Ringo Starfish has demonstrated that he is confident eating fish on his and that he can compete for food with other harbour seals. He has been moved to a larger pool where he can further test and improve his skills. He will move between pools as he progresses further and develops his skills until he reaches his 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.
Ringo is slowly gaining weight. He is receiving medication to help his eye heal, but is otherwise bright & alert and progressing normally.