MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Thief Islet

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2327

Admitted on: 2023/07/22

Collection Site: Deep Cove Marina

Reason for Admission: Maternal Separation

Weight at Admission: 7.8 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 64 days (2 months, 3 days)

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.

Also in Stickleback Pool with Thief Islet:Big Deal, Wild & Woolly, Fin Rock, Big Bay, Eleanor Point, Henry Island Reefs

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance

Patient Progress

Pre-Release Pool Thief Islet 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.

Patient Updates

Thief is now out of quarantine! He is still receiving formula and gaining weight.

Thief has lost all his lanugo! He has also completed the weaning process and is now in fish school, where he is learning how to eat fish independently.

Thief is now in Urchin! He’s eating well on his own and joins Acorn with Fin, learning how to socialize and compete for fish.

Thief is now in Stickle! Here he can enjoy more swimming space and socialize with new individuals.

Guestbook for Thief Islet

  1. My friends and I are all pulling for little TI and sending him all the healing thoughts we can. Thank you for getting him to safety and caring for him! You’ve got this little guy!

  2. My thanks to the people at MMR who responded so quickly to my call. I had noticed this little guy over 3 days getting skinnier every day and realized momma was gone. Excellent job! Also, thanks to my son-in law, Phil, who helped provide the pictures of the pup to MMR.

  3. I’m glad I’m not the only one who called in! He seemed so despondent I took a video and sent it and the folks said that other people had called in as well. I keep checking daily hoping that he’s going to make it. And they can get him back out to his log and the community again.

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