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Rescue & Rehab Journal
SF1601 - Saaqulek
June 29, 2016
October, 25th 2016
Male spectacled eider SF1601 was discovered wounded and unable to fly by a US Fish & Wildlife Service employee in Barrow in June. He was taken to a veterinarian there who, upon seeing the extent of his injuries, contacted ASLC’s Wildlife Response Program to provide the intensive medical assistance SF1601 required. On June 29, 2016 he arrived at Alaska SeaLife Center to begin rehabilitation. ASLC veterinary staff estimated SF1601--later named Saaqulek, meaning duck--to be two years old. They found his health challenges to include a traumatic left shoulder injury prohibiting his ability to fly, ulcerated gastrointestinal system, anemia, parasites, and poor feather quality. With the concentrated care and monitoring since arrival in the Wildlife Response Program and with the support and cooperation of the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Saaqulek has gained strength, started eating a variety of small fish, and he has molted, with much improved new feather quality in his winter plumage. Veterinary staff are optimistic for his recovery. Unfortunately, Saaqulek is unable to be released back to the wild due to his shoulder injury, and so awaits permanent placement where he will be an ambassador for his species, which is classified as threatened by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.