Bonnie has been moved to a pre release pool and is becoming a much faster competitor!
Dr. Bonnie Herring
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2064
Admitted on: 2020/08/04
Collection Site: North Vancouver
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation
Weight at Admission: 6.4 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 80 days (2 months, 2 weeks, 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.
"Dr. Bonnie Herring" was named by Daily Hive Vancouver staff after Provincial Health Officer for the province of British Columbia, Dr. Bonnie Henry. Dr. Henry has a background in epidemiology and is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine; she has also been instrumental in the province's response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
You can help us care for Dr. Bonnie Herring and the more than 100 marine mammals we rescue, rehabilitate and release every year by symbolically adopting her today with a small donation to the rescue centre.
Pre-Release Pool Dr. Bonnie Herring 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.
Bonnie still needs some assistance in fish school but she is progressing well!
Bonnie is still being tube fed but is gaining weight and become much more energetic.
Small and mighty! She may be tiny but Bonnie is doing great and progressing really well.