MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Early Bird

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2356

Admitted on: 2023/08/14

Collection Site: Hornby Island

Reason for Admission: Maternal Separation, Dehydrated, Wounds

Weight at Admission: 12.1 kg

Patient Status: released

Time in Care: 87 days (2 months, 3 weeks, 5 days)

Transfer History

Received from: IWNCC

Original Admission: 2023/08/09

Weight at Admission: 10.4 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air


Release Date: 2023/11/09

Release Site: Brunswick Beach

Release Weight: 27.7 kg

Patient Updates

Early Bird was released after 87 days in our care.

You can see the list of all animals released at this release in the release record.

Early Bird is settling into his new tub in Quarantine after transfer from Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre.

He has been moved out of quarantine! He has also begun the weaning process, where his diet will be incrementally switched from formula to fish.

Early bird has completed the weaning process and is now in fish school!

Early Bird is doing great in fish school and eating all on his own!

Guestbook for Early Bird

  1. We are so pleased to see that early bird, who we named Toby is doing well in your care. We found him on the rocks between Grassy Point and Collishaw Point and were so worried about him. He had been there for 2 days according to neighbors when I first found him and then it was another 24 hours until he was rescued. It was a neighborhood effort with a number of families keeping an eye on him to try and keep him safe until Island Wildlife and a local volunteer – Barb – helped to rescue him. We are so glad he is recovering!

  2. After running into the Vancouver Aquarium MMR Volunteers releasing seals into the wild, we learned of your database. We are thrilled to see that Toby is on here, has been rehabilitated and released back into the ocean! We were a part of this rescue along with Abagail. We had been watching him for a few days and every night we would hear him cry, it was devastating. We are so happy that he survived his time in care and hope to see him in the waters of Brunswick Beach (from our boat)! Thank you to Abigail and Island Wildlife Natural Care Center on Salt Spring Island, who quickly sent Barb, and got Toby to safety!

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