Pygmy's eye seems to be healing well and she's getting quite round!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1961
Admitted on: 2019/07/29
Collection Site: Moresby Island
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Emaciated; Dehydrated
Weight at Admission: 7.6 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 205 days (6 months, 3 weeks, 2 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 Pygmy Tarsier 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.
Pygmy has had eye surgery, and following recovery, she is now back in a bigger pool.
After another very short stay in a larger pool, Pygmy is once again alone, in a smaller pool, as her fish school skills apparently weren't enough to help her compete for food with other pups. Competition just isn't her thing... yet.
Aaaaaaand Pygmy is back in a blue tub. She didn't do too well a pool yet and probably needs to work on her fish school skills.
We're being told that Pygmy seems to like to be showered with water. There'll be less of that, now that she's been moved to a pool. But we're sure she'll find something else to keep herself occupied...
Pygmy is veeeeeery slowly learning how to eat fish. She still needs assistance, but she's a quick study. She'll get there.
Pygmy really doesn't like her tube-feeds... so we can't wait for her to start fish school!
Pygmy Tarsier seems to be enjoying her baths.