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!
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: in care
Time in Care: 61 days (2 months, 1 day)
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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance
Hedwig was born prematurely and admitted on the day he was born! Staff describe him as feisty ─ a good sign for any seal pup.
Pre-Release Pool Hedwig 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.
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.