VAMMR Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2103

Admitted on: 2021/05/29

Collection Site: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation

Weight at Admission: 8.9 kg

Patient Status: released

Time in Care: 77 days (2 months, 2 weeks, 2 days)

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance


Release Date: 2021/08/14

Release Site: Brunswick Beach

Release Weight: 20.3 kg


Hedwig was born prematurely and admitted on the day he was born! Staff describe him as feisty ─ a good sign for any seal pup.

Patient Updates

Hedwig was released after 77 days in our care.

You can see the list of all animals released at this release in the release record.

Hedwig is now in a pre release pool! He still has to get a little bigger before he is released but he is well on his way. He now is in a pool with 4 other seals so he can learn how to compete for fish!

Hedwig has made it into a pool! He's finally mastered fish school... and will hopefully figure out this whole competition thing soon.

Hedwig has grown so much since he first arrived and is finally shedding his fluffy lanugo coat. Despite his growth and big boy shedding, Hedwigs teeth have still not broken the surface of his gums, and he continues to be tube fed with formula. Once his teeth have come through he will be weaned onto fish and moved into a pool!

Hedwig is quite lively and squirmy whenever it's feeding time. If this one makes it, he's gonna be trouble! Well, in a good way. As a preemie, his lungs are not fully developed and he stops breathing every now and then. The next few days will be critical for this little one.

Guestbook for Hedwig

  1. Hi Hedwig! You are very cute and do look quite similar to Hedwig from Harry Potter, which I’m guessing is where you got your name. Wishing you the best of luck in your recovery, I believe in you! ❤️

  2. Hey little Hedwig, have a nice stay there, I’m sure the staff will treat you well and kindly. Kisses you lil, cute pup.

  3. Dear little Hedwig, know the humans are doing the best for you. Stay strong! We are rooting for you, to get well.

  4. Breathe, Hedwig! In, out, in, out … that’s right. I’m glad you’re spunky.

  5. Hey Hedwig, you are absolutely adorable and bring a smile onto many faces. We love you!! <3

  6. Hi cute little Preemie Hedwig. You are in the very best care at MMR so please be tough and stay strong even though it is so hard for your little seal body to do so. I am sending you hope and love all the way from Texas. I pray for your lungs to have strength to help you breathe. I pray you heal so you can grow big and return to your home, the ocean. You are loved from people all over the world.

  7. Dear Hedwig,
    You’re doing great! You’re in the best care you can get, keep on breathing buddy and make it out to sea. Glad to see you got some attitude in you!

  8. Welcome to the world Little Hedwig! Right now you are a squirmy little rascal but if you keep it up someday you could be a big rascal!!

  9. Hello Hedwig 💞 you are an adorable little seal! Stay strong okay xo

  10. You go guy !….. and before you leave don’t forget to put directions to Bowen Island in your Iphone….

  11. Hi Mr. Hedwig! So happy to see how much you’ve grown and filled out since you were born. You were such a tiny little pup but a feisty one which was good for you to grow big and strong. Keep eating your fish and enjoy swimming with all your new seal pup friends. So proud of you and hope you continue to thrive at MMRC.

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