David is in a pool with Doug, he is a great competitor and always eats as many fish as he possibly can.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2074
Admitted on: 2020/08/16
Collection Site: Port Washington, Pender Island
Reason for Admission: Emaciated; Dehydrated; Maternal separation
Weight at Admission: 9.3 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 68 days (2 months, 1 week)
Current Habitat: Ellie Pool
Patients that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a pool where they can learn how to compete with other animals. This is one of the smaller pools with a haul-out platform in the centre. It can only fit a few animals and is a good starting point for patients that have never been housed with another seal.
Also in Ellie Pool with David:Doug
You can help us care for David and the more than 100 marine mammals we rescue, rehabilitate and release every year by symbolically adopting him today with a small donation to the rescue centre.
Pre-Release Pool David 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.
David is extra feisty now that he is in fish school. He prefers that his caretakers not help him eat his fish, even though he hasn’t quite figured out how to do it himself yet!
David is feisty and full of character. He loves his swims and his meal time!