Piece of Cake continues to gain weight in quarantine on formula. He’s energetic and very wiggly!
Piece of Cake
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2323
Admitted on: 2023/07/20
Collection Site: Crofton
Reason for Admission: Maternal Separation
Weight at Admission: 9.3 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 66 days (2 months, 5 days)
Current Habitat: Orca Pool
This is a pool designed to accommodate cetaceans, e. g. harbour porpoise. It is also used as the largest pre-release pool, holding 160,000 litres of water. When used for harbour seal pups, those who have made it this far will soon be released. They have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own and compete with others. They are probably already tagged as well. Now they only need to gain a little bit of weight.
Pre-Release Pool Piece of Cake 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.
He has now finished weaning and is in fish school!
Piece of Cake is now in Stickleback! He’s eating well on her own and is now in a pool where he can learn to socialize and to compete for fish with other individuals.