Bradley eats fish on his own now, but his technique still needs a bit of work.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1997
Admitted on: 2019/08/19
Collection Site: Stanley Park
Reason for Admission: Marine mammal disturbance; Underweight; Dehydrated
Weight at Admission: 8.6 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 35 days (1 month, 4 days)
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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance
Fish School Bradley Grouper is now in fish school. He is currently learning how to eat fish on his 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, Bradley Grouper will eat entirely on his own at which point he will graduate from fish school.
Bradley is still in fish school and will hopefully soon make it to the next step, a training pool. For now, though, he seems to be very comfortable...
Bradley is described as a "rolly" seal, meaning that he likes to roll on his back when being fed his milk matrix. Practicum students and volunteers aren't too impressed when he does that. It makes every feed quite the challenge!