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Rescue & Rehab Journal
September 18, 2016
October, 19th 2016
Female ringed seal PH1601 was found on the beach of Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island, off the west coast of Alaska. Seeing the pup was stranded and severely wounded, community members called the Wildlife Response Program hotline on the Alaska SeaLife Center website. After assessment of the situation with ASLC and with guidance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the citizens worked together to ensure PH1601 was transported safely to the plane that would begin her journey to the Center to receive veterinary care. She arrived at ASLC on Sunday, September 18th and, upon examination, veterinary staff were able to determine the pup was approximately 5 months old and in very poor health. She suffered from facial fractures and other head trauma that most likely occurred in a predator attack. Her ailments also included severe coat loss (likely due to stress), pneumonia, parasites, malnutrition, dehydration, liver infection, and bacteria in her blood from infected wounds. Despite her many health challenges and the long road to recovery ahead of her, PH1601 is eating well and is in stable but guarded condition. She has demonstrated a lot of spirit since arriving at the Center and staff are hopeful her condition will continue to improve with extensive supportive care, medication, and therapy provided by the Wildlife Response Program team.