Shuffle is already in a pre-release pool! He'll continue to gain weight as he learns how to compete for fish.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2184
Admitted on: 2021/07/30
Collection Site: Galiano Island
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation
Weight at Admission: 9.75 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 49 days (1 month, 2 weeks, 4 days)
Current Habitat: Harbour Pool
Patients that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a pool where they can learn how to compete with other animals.
Pre-Release Pool Shuffle 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.