Rescue & Rehab Journal

May 22, 2014

April, 21st 2015

A seal pup has been seen on a beach at the harbor in Juneau. The pup was reported to NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Services, who are responsible for the management of harbor seals. NMFS monitored the pup to see if it would reunite with its mother, but they were unable to reconnect. The decision was made to transport the young seal to ASLC for rehabilitation. Without care, the pup would not survive. After a veterinary admit exam, the male pup seems to be in good health. He will be monitored closely, and have routine health exams to track his progress.

June 8, 2014

April, 21st 2015

At the last check-up it was determined that the seal has a mild case of colitis, meaning he has some trouble digesting his food. He has been started on a few medications, and is slowly being transitioned to a fish formula that will prepare his stomach for when he starts to eat fish.

June 30, 2014

April, 21st 2015

The little seal now has 24 hour access to water in his outdoor pool. He is regulating his body temp well, eating fish well, and gaining weight steadily. 


July 16, 2014

April, 21st 2015

A lot has happened over the last week or so! Our seal from Juneau had a blood draw to ensure that he is completely healthy, and was given a flipper tag in preparation for his release! His flipper tag is in his Left rear flipper because he is a male, and is #ASLC 132. 

August 2, 2014

April, 21st 2015

Happy Rehab Race Day!! Today runners in Seward and around the country helped raise money to help the ASLC care for and release animals just like the little guy from Juneau, so thank you!

August 18, 2014

April, 21st 2015

Today staff put some live salmon in the Juneau seal's pool to help him practice catching fish once he is released. This is very important for him, as he has not been housed with any other seals so he has not had a lot of practice with competition for food. The pup's release is being planned for later this month.

August 28, 2014

April, 21st 2015

The people of Juneau had a great show yesterday, as they got to see this little seal return to the sea! Members of the Rehabilitation and Education staff flew down to Juneau with the seal, and will be doing some educational programs about wildlife while they are there. 


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