MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Loose Canon

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2352

Admitted on: 2023/08/09

Collection Site: Nanoose Bay

Reason for Admission: Maternal Separation, Emaciated, Dehydrated

Weight at Admission: 9.7 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 46 days (1 month, 2 weeks, 2 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.

Transfer History

Received from: IWNCC

Original Admission: 2023/08/06

Weight at Admission: 9.6 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Patient Progress

Fish School Loose Canon 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, Loose Canon will eat entirely on his own at which point he will graduate from fish school.

Patient Updates

Very energetic and feisty, she is gaining weight on formula in her place in quarantine.

Loose Canon is energetic during swims and gaining weight well on formula.

He is now out of quarantine and has started weaning!

He has competed the weaning process! He’s now in fish school and learning how to eat independently.

Loose Canon is making great progress in fish school and is eating on his own!

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