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: in care

Time in Care: 41 days (1 month, 1 week, 4 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: 2023/08/09

Weight at Admission: 10.4 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Patient Progress

Weaning Early Bird is still being fed a zoological milk formula, but as his teeth are beginning to erupt, his diet is being supplemented with fish. Soon, he will enter fish school where he will learn how to eat fish on his own.

Patient Updates

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!

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