VAMMR Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2174

Admitted on: 2021/07/26

Collection Site: Yellow Point Lodge, Vancouver Island

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Underweight;

Weight at Admission: 9.1 kg

Patient Status: deceased

Date of Death: 2021/08/09

Time in Care: 14 days

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Norm's Heli

Patient Updates

Avocado died on 2021/08/09 after 14 days in our care.

"Avocado was diagnosed with megaesophagus, a condition where the esophagus (the tube that carries food and liquid between the mouth and stomach) loses its ability to move food into the stomach. When that happens, food and liquid accumulate in the esophagus. With a poor prognosis, no effective treatment options available and a poor quality of life, Avocado was humanely euthanized."

Guestbook for Avocado

  1. Avocado passed through my place of employment on his journey to MMR via helicopter. My colleague and I were privileged with carrying his crate to the rescue van 🙂 To date best part of our year so far!!!

    Stellar job to all involved with this!!! 👍

  2. Hi Avocado- I love yummy avocado’s so its a super yummy name for you. You are at MMRC a wonderful place that will give you the best care. They will give you lots of love and attention. Be brave and stay strong. I hope you get big and strong. Take care and get well soon sweet baby Avocado.

  3. For those of you who are curious to know more about how Avocado got here, I thought I would share a bit of her story…

    A few of us at Yellow Point Lodge saw her swim up at high tide the evening before the rescue. She found a sheltered spot next to a log and simply appeared to be looking for a place to rest. We kept our distance and looked around to see if her mom was watching from nearby. We knew to not disturb Avocado and we did not want the mom to think we were interfering if the mom was nearby and watching. Avocado was yawning a lot but did not seem distressed or hurt. We simply thought that she would rest a bit and then make her way back into the water.

    The next morning she was still there but the tide had gone out much further than she would likely be able to traverse. Since it was becoming more apparent that her mom was not around, one of the guests went up to the office and let them know about Avocado. A call was placed to the local wildlife care group, someone came to assess her condition, and there was enough information determined to deem it time to do the rescue.

  4. Very sad to hear about Avocado 🙁
    Thank you for doing all you could to help her.

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