BREAKING NEWS! Gazelle is in fish school, on her third day of learning to eat fish. She is a very smart seal, and is progressing ahead of her planned program. Well done!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1994
Admitted on: 2019/08/15
Collection Site: Salt Spring Island
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation
Weight at Admission: 9.1 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 39 days (1 month, 1 week, 1 day)
Current Habitat: Out of Quarantine
Once a patient has spent some time in quarantine and been given a clean bill of health, they are moved to a larger and deeper tub and leave quarantine. Here they can improve their skills until they are moved to a pool with other harbour seals.
Fish School Gazelle is now in fish school. She is currently learning how to eat fish on her own. All pups are initially hand-fed, but later fish is just thrown into their tub to give them an opportunity to dive for, grab and swallow the fish whole, head first. It's something all pups need to learn, and it requires quite some skill. Eventually, Gazelle will eat entirely on her own at which point she will graduate from fish school.