Lou-seal is very vocal when she is being tube-fed. She must like her food! Or so we hope...
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1982
Admitted on: 2019/08/04
Collection Site: Stanley Park/Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Emaciated
Weight at Admission: 8 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 79 days (2 months, 2 weeks, 4 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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance
Pre-Release Pool Lou-seal Ball 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.