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Rescue & Rehab Journal
April 7, 2016
June, 3rd 2016
PL1601 was picked up by an official in Kotzebue, Alaska and transported to Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Program. Estimated to be approximately one year old, she was found to be molting and significantly stunted in size. She suffered from parasitic pneumonia and was given CTs and radiographs and provided treatment for her infection. Such parasites spread to all types of animals and the team is seeing an increased number of parasite problems. The experience that ASLC trained professionals receive while taking care of these animals helps them better understand the ecosystem, as well as existing and new diseases, and it allows the program to provide the best care possible to help animals that are admitted. PL1601 will not be released due to her condition, but will eventually will be sent to a permanent placement.
June 29, 2016
September, 15th 2016
Spotted seal PL1601 continued to progress well under the continued care and monitoring by Wildlife Response Program staff and was finally deemed fit for placement in a forever home. The US Government identified a suitable facility for the pup and, on June 29, 2016, she transferred to Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut where she is now an ambassador for her species as the aquarium's first ice seal in residence!