Polka is very active and curious. Staff described his early feeds as challenging as he was quite feisty and rolling around a lot during milk matrix feeds. That said, he started fish school a while ago and is getting better at it. Not long now before he moves to a small training pool.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2124
Admitted on: 2021/07/04
Collection Site: Thetis Island
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Underweight;
Weight at Admission: 10.2 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 25 days
Current Habitat: Out of Quarantine
Once a patient has spent some time in quarantine and been given a clean bill of health, they are moved to a larger and deeper tub and leave quarantine. Here they can improve their skills until they are moved to a pool with other harbour seals.
Date Weight in kg
Fish School Polka is now in fish school. He is currently learning how to eat fish on his own. All pups are initially hand-fed, but later fish is just thrown into their tub to give them an opportunity to dive for, grab and swallow the fish whole, head first. It's something all pups need to learn, and it requires quite some skill. Eventually, Polka will eat entirely on his own at which point he will graduate from fish school.