We caught up with "little Bob". And let's just say, he's not so little anymore and looking amazing.
Nickname: Hang Glider
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2081
Admitted on: 2020/09/07
Collection Site: Thetis Island
Reason for Admission: Emaciated; Wounds; Upper respiratory
Weight at Admission: 8.53 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 80 days (2 months, 2 weeks, 5 days)
Current Habitat: Stickleback 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.
You can help us care for Bob 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 Bob 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.
Bob is getting closer and closer to release. Not much longer now! His favourite thing to do is nap while floating (or “bob”ing) on the surface of the water.
Bob is now in a small pool with his friend Sammy. He is competing well and loves to rest on his haul out, especially on a warm day!