Kitchi will start fish school in the next few days
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2026
Admitted on: 2020/07/15
Collection Site: Kitsilano Beach
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Marine mammal disturbance
Weight at Admission: 10.68 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 31 days (1 month)
Current Habitat: Cali Pool
This is a pre-release pool. Animals that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a larger pool where they can learn how to compete for fish and socialize with other harbour seals.
Also in Cali Pool with Kitchi:Biggs
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance
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Pre-Release Pool Kitchi has demonstrated that he is confident eating fish on his own and that he can compete for food with other harbour seals. He has been moved to a larger pool where he can further test and improve his skills. He will move between pools as he progresses further and develops his skills until he reaches his 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.
Kitchi seems to be making good progress. He looks healthy, but is being treated with antibiotics for an infection, just in case.