It's now been a week since her surgery, and Donnelly is showing first signs of improvement. The surgical site is closing as best as can be expected; facial swelling has decreased, and she responded well to antibiotics during the course of her treatment. As of last night, she is no longer receiving any medication. Donnelly is spending more time swimming and has access to water for most of the day now. She has also demonstrated that she can haul out on her own, which is a good sign. And Donnely is eating again! She currently eats about 3-3.5 kg per day on average. Some fish are still hand-fed, some are free-fed. Staff were also in for a big surprise. While performing diagnostics during her procedure, ultrasound imaging confirmed what her initial physical exam and radiographs had shown ─ she's actually pregnant! Staff are monitoring Donnelly via a 'baby cam', which ─ sorry folks ─ will not be available to the public. We also don't know how far along Donnelly is in her pregnancy, but we can see the baby moving inside her belly ─ and pupping season has begun in British Columbia! And while this news is very exciting for us, and Donnely's recent progress encouraging, we are still very concerned for her and her baby. It is still too early to predict any outcome, but staff are very cautiously optimistic.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2101
Admitted on: 2021/05/23
Collection Site: Twin Islands, Howe Sound
Reason for Admission: Injuries
Weight at Admission: 57.9 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 22 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: VPD Vessel
Earlier in the month, the rescue centre and our partners at Fisheries and Oceans Canada received reports from Indian Arm indicating that a seal had been hit by a boat, but the animal could not be located for some time. Donnelly, likely to be that animal, was ultimately admitted with serious head trauma from a boat strike, and in grave condition.
Donnelly remains in critical condition. She has shown some activity during her swims, but is not eating. Staff are working to stabilize her over the next few days before they can conduct further diagnostics.
Donnelly has been treated with antibiotics and given pain medication. Her prognosis is poor, but staff are doing what they can to make her comfortable.