Spirit Bear is looking great in her big pool!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1991
Admitted on: 2019/08/10
Collection Site: Galiano Island
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Emaciated
Weight at Admission: 9.5 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 73 days (2 months, 1 week, 5 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.
Pre-Release Pool Spirit 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.
Spirit was vocally demanding food when we last checked in on her. That's a good sign, and she's already gained some weight!