Rescue & Rehab Journal

June 2, 2014

April, 21st 2015

A young Harbor Seal pup was observed on the mud flats in Anchorage for over 24 hours. After consulting with the Alaska SeaLife Center, the pup was picked up and transported to Seward. The pup arrived at our rehabilitation facility around 11 pm last night. The newest pup had a full examination today, and it's a girl! She is dehydrated and thin, but otherwise is in decent condition.

June 8, 2014

April, 21st 2015

The pup had x-rays taken a few days ago, and the vets have confirmed that she has pneumonia. She has begun a treatment program, and staff are watching her carefully for signs of respiratory distress.

June 21, 2014

April, 21st 2015

A lot has changed for our little girl in 2 weeks! She has been cleared to start swimming twice a day, is no longer on antibiotics for pneumonia, and has transitioned to a fish based formula to prepare her GI tract to process fish. She also had a series of x-rays using barium as a contrast material to study her GI tract, and all appears normal.

July 9, 2014

April, 21st 2015

Our first little girl has a name, Liberty!  Each year our top donors are invited to name a seal, and Conoco Phillips did a great job picking out Lady Liberty's name. Thanks so much to Conoco Phillips for all the support you give to the Alaska SeaLife Center Wildlife Response team.

July 20, 2014

April, 21st 2015

While she has yet to eat fish on her own, Liberty will eat fish if staff hold them right in front of her face. We are hoping she will make the connection to the fish we offer during her swims with the fish she eats at scheduled feeds very soon!

July 24, 2014

April, 21st 2015

Liberty received a flipper tag today, that will help staff identify her when she is moved into a pool with another seal. The tag also allows people to contact the ASLC if they should see her in the wild once he is released. Her tag number is ASLC 138. Another bit of exciting news - Liberty is now eating fish on her own!

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 Liberty, so thank you!

August 18, 2014

April, 21st 2015

Liberty had some salmon as part of her feed today. Chasing live fish is an important skill to get theses seals ready for release, and she did great! Liberty has also reached all criteria for release, so staff plan to release her early next month.

September 2, 2014

April, 21st 2015

There was a great turnout at the Homer release today. Taj Mahal entered the water first, but waited for Liberty to join him and they both swam off together. Good luck in the wild Liberty!


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