Rescue & Rehab Journal

June 3, 2014

April, 21st 2015

A harbor seal pup with multiple puncture wounds was reported to the Alaska SeaLife Center on an island off the coast of Kodiak. With help from NOAA/NMFS officers and a local veterinarian, the ASLC was able to acquire the pup, do an initial examination, and transport the seal to the Rehabilitation center in Seward.

June 5, 2014

April, 21st 2015

The male pup had a vet exam today. The puncture wounds on his face seem to be healing, but his eye seem to be a little inflamed. ASLC veterinarians gave him an eye test to detect if there was any issues with his corneas, but no defects were found. Staff are handling the pup very gently and cleaning out his wounds before every feed.

June 21, 2014

April, 21st 2015

Since the last update, the pup's wounds have almost completely healed up! Staff worked very hard to keep his wounds clean to speed up the healing process. The little seal is now swimming multiple times a day, and is no longer on antibiotics! Soon staff will be introducing fish during swims, but he is not quite old enough to be weaned completely.

July 10, 2014

April, 21st 2015

Over the past few days a lot has happened to this little pup. First off, he was given a name, Mt. Everest, or Everest for short. Second, he started eating fish. Finally, today he received a flipper tag, and moved into a larger pool called an ODL. He is roommates with Tigris. Living with another seal will help them both master hunting down fish so they can compete other seals in the wild.

August 8, 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 Mt. Everest, so thank you!

August 28, 2014

April, 21st 2015

Everest was weighed this week, and he is getting close to release weight! He now weighs 22.3 kg, and the goal release weight is 25 kg, so staff will begin to plan for his release next month!

September 17, 2014

April, 21st 2015

It was a beautiful day on Kodiak Island today, and Mt. Everest returned to the wild. He confidently left his kennel and immediately went into the water of Mayflower Beach, a spot where there is little chance of him having too much interaction with humans, but still offers a great food supply. Many thanks to the NOAA officers of Kodiak for their help with the release, and good luck in the wild Everest!!


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