Lisa has shed nearly all her lanugo. What's left is her actual fur coat...
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2005
Admitted on: 2020/06/17
Collection Site: Sooke
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Dehydrated; Facial injuries
Weight at Admission: 7.3 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 59 days (1 month, 4 weeks)
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: Harbour Air
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Pre-Release Pool Lisa has demonstrated that she is confident eating fish on her own 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.
Lisa is looking pretty good these days, and is much more alert. But she's still tiny and needs a lot of sleep, so we rarely get to take a snapshot like this one...
This is day 2 for Lisa at the rescue centre, and she seems to be most comfortable under her heat lamp. She is currently housed in the comfort aisle of our quarantine area and being monitored closely.