Tess has been moved to a pre release pool and is doing well. She is still very vocal and loves to chat with her fellow pool mate and her care takers.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2072
Admitted on: 2020/08/11
Collection Site: Sunset Beach, Vancouver
Reason for Admission: Underweight; Dehydrated; Wounds
Weight at Admission: 7 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 73 days (2 months, 1 week, 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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance
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Pre-Release Pool Tess 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.
Tess may be the most vocal and talkative seal on site. She has so many stories to tell and will shout them at her care takers from across the facility.
Tess is still in quarantine where she can stay warm under a heat lamp. She is being fed formula and still getting fluids to help with hydration.