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Ways To Help Wildlife => Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation => Topic started by: boonibarb on August 15, 2011, 08:21:10 AM

Title: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boonibarb on August 15, 2011, 08:21:10 AM
Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre  is the wonderful Centre where the rescued Hornby Seal Pup was taken!

Main page for Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
http://sealrescue.org/ (http://sealrescue.org/)

Their facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/sealrescue (http://www.facebook.com/sealrescue)

Here is the start of the story:


Yesterday evening i got a Wildlife Concerns call about a Seal pup that was seen on Whaling Station Bay.
People were worried he was coming to them & asking for food.
So i went to check him out, after speaking to Reg at MARS & getting some great tips about what to look for.
Thanks Reg! & the intern at MARS!
i loaded up our two sizes of kennels & some gloves & towels for capture & went to find him.
i was warned that Seals have zoonosis, diseases that are communicable to people.
So if i needed to handle him, i needed to do so with rubber or disposable or sterilizeable gloves.
i also had to have leather gloves, as they will try to bite.
i was also told that the mother Seal leaves her pup on shore all day while she goes out to fish.
She returns twice a day at high tide to feed him, & that the mother*s milk is super nutritious & what the pup needs at this stage.

i went to the described place, & found him no problem.
i looked for what Reg told me to look for -
- mucous discharge at the nose, coughing or sneezing, dry eyes or rather the ring around the eyes, which is something new i learned, visible hip bones near the tail & wrinkles on the body indicating starvation & dehydration.
For the pup*s age, i was to look for signs of an umbilicus, & a layer on them called a lanugo, a sort of furry layer that they are born with.
To me the youngster looked just fine, so i left him there & returned home for my camera, which i*d forgotten!  :lumphammer8
In the process, i also picked up wren!
We went back to have another look, cameras in hand.
We found someone watching the pup from higher up on the rock.
She said the pup approached her while she was kayaking.
She also said she saw the mother with the pup, a couple of days ago.
We told her what we had learned from Reg, & we exchanged phone numbers.
i have sent these fotos to MARS, & will wait to hear back about what they think.

The face of the Seal pup & the visible *wet ring* area around the eyes.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6044944424_ee5d2532d6_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6044944424_ee5d2532d6_b.jpg)

The tail flipper area where the hip bones are to be looked for.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6044973286_b74eeb3734_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6044973286_b74eeb3734_b.jpg)

Wrinkles, dunno if this is what we are to look for as a sign of dehydration?

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6087/6044972622_5d9e99bd3d_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6087/6044972622_5d9e99bd3d_b.jpg)

i thought this youngster looked quite plump, but from this angle, looking along his whole back from head to tail, i am not so sure.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6185/6044945104_611391bd97_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6185/6044945104_611391bd97_b.jpg)

Here he is from nose to flipper tail.
He looks good, but i am anxious to hear what people who know waaayyyy more than i do say.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6186/6044393545_6666caa2d5_b.jpg) (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6186/6044393545_6666caa2d5_b.jpg)
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: blackster1 on August 15, 2011, 08:35:31 AM
Thanks for the photos and information on the seals.  We have lots of new seal pups in our bay and they follow us when we are standup paddleboarding.  it is nice to have information on what to look for if there are health problems.
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: winterwren on August 15, 2011, 12:36:42 PM
We captured the little seal pup around 10:30 this morning.

He is now resting in a big plastic tote with air going through. At Maj's advice I feel his skin temperature from time to time - quickly, and taking care to keep out of reach of his bite - and move him from shade to sun as needed. Maj said he has no fat reserves and needs to be kept warm, but not overheated.

Maj had a conversation with Marielle from Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre on Saltspring Island, where this little one is headed. Here is the new information she got:

The info that the mother parks her seal pup and only returns twice a day is not accurate. The mother should return often. The seal pup should be left alone so the mom can return without fear.

We had been told that a seal pup who calls out is like an eaglet who screeps: part of normal behaviour, but Marielle says a pup who is calling is a pup in distress. Note that we did not hear that pup call, except when I caught him. He made snarling sounds when I examined him yesterday - a very legitimate sound I thought.

This seal pup was seen with a grownup seal two days ago, but this seal was not necessarily his mom. It takes more than two days to go from the full torpedo shape of a healthy pup to how skinny this little on is. Maj and Marielle are speculating that maybe the mother died, and this pup is trying to get anyone - another seal, a passing kayak - to feed him. (This pup was seen following a kayak and tapping on the stern of it, and that is not mere curiosity as I had thought.) The other seal might try to chase this pup away, even biting him. (I'm not seeing any sign of physical injury, though.)

Hungry seal pups will even try to nurse on rocks sometimes.

That's about all I have for now.

We're likely to move this posting and the preceding one to a new thread on Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation... stay tuned.


Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: NancyM on August 15, 2011, 12:45:51 PM
12:40 PM - the sounds of Norm's rescue helicopter could be heard over the web cam.  A great cheer went up in the chat room for booni, wren, Norm, Maj  = HEART of Hornby.

Thank you!
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Rajame on August 15, 2011, 12:55:21 PM
(((((((Booni and Wren)))))))))

My only thought now is to hug you. To you and all people of good character, my heart is forever thankful for yours.

:hearts2
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: NancyM on August 15, 2011, 01:11:21 PM
1:10 PM - helicopter heard leaving ...
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Stokes on August 15, 2011, 01:56:16 PM
Great rescue for this seal pup! Thanks for the updates and photos. Was so great to hear Norm's helicopter landing and taking off. Thank you Wren and Booni for all the work you do!
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Stokes on August 15, 2011, 01:59:33 PM
Here's the seal pup rescue gallery from Salt Spring (where this pup is heading):

***Warning****
a couple of the photos may be disturbing to some viewers
due to the injuries some of the rescues come in with.

http://sealrescue.org/photos.html#num=content-73&id=album-9

Main page for Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
http://sealrescue.org/
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: ccfan on August 15, 2011, 02:35:07 PM
Booni,
You and Wren are sooooooooooooo amazing!!!!!!!!!
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Cawatcher on August 15, 2011, 06:26:43 PM
 :eclove Booni and Wren you two are Angels  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 15, 2011, 11:40:06 PM
Booni, it's wonderful to know that the rescued seal pup is in good hands and receiving the care it needs.  Thank you and Wren for your part in making sure that the little one has a chance at surviving!   :heart
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: beans on August 16, 2011, 12:10:06 AM
Many thanks to booni & winterwren.  You have to be extremely careful when working with wildlife.  The animals are terrified of people, whom they see as predators.  So they defend themselves.
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 16, 2011, 03:03:43 AM
Booni and Wren, you both are special wildlife angels!   :thumbup:   :heart
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: hairchoppr on August 16, 2011, 06:09:41 AM
WOW Incredible to look at the photos of the seals. Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: suzy on August 16, 2011, 07:21:22 AM
Photo's are shocking what some of the pups have gone thru in such a short life. Good Luck and God Bless to all who are such caretakers of this planet earth.
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on August 16, 2011, 08:50:32 AM

Norm Snihur & his helicopter are the angels here!  :hearts2
Thank you Norm!

When i arrived at Grassy Point for the transfer of the Seal pup to Norm, turned out he had landed early & had already loaded the pup & was having his lunch before delivering the pup to care on Saltspring Island!
Here is the video i got after i arrived.

august 15 2011 - Hornby Seal pup rescue


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3spC6uEBY0
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on August 16, 2011, 09:02:12 AM

i want to thank the interns at MARS who took my calls & answered my questions.
Thank you to Reg at MARS for educating me about how to handle & observe a Seal pup.
& thank you Maj for answering my call the next morning, even though your arms were full of young Eagle at the time!
The more i learn, the less i know, & i sure appreciate MARS for helping me!  :hearts2
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boonibarb on August 16, 2011, 09:05:16 AM

A chatter named Leigh came on late last evening & told us that they were one of the ones that received the Seal pup at the excellent facility on Saltspring, & were the one who fed & weighed him in at 20 pounds!
i was assured that the Seal pup was a fighter & would live!  :s*
i gave Leigh the links to post here, & they said that they would, wooohoooooooo!
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: emc on August 16, 2011, 09:18:50 AM
Sure good news from Leigh.  :biggrin6. Look forward to posts here from them.
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Bluewing4 on August 16, 2011, 09:21:39 AM
Very inspiring work. The facility looks wonderful.
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: birdvoyer on August 16, 2011, 09:25:53 AM
What a wonderful prognosis! It is so hard to imagine how many do not have the benefits of ♥HEART♥ and places like MARS and Saltspring. It just warms my soul to know that we have these wonderful resources to help. Thank you to ALL involved.     :heart
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Peter Richardson on August 16, 2011, 09:36:13 AM
Good job Booni, thanks, and I wes serious about my offer to Norm :)
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: blackster1 on August 16, 2011, 10:04:13 AM
Thank you so much for the updates on the seal pup.  It brought tears to my eyes.
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Stokes on August 16, 2011, 10:54:17 AM
Excellent work. Lucky Oriole!!!! Thank you to all who helped in its rescue and for the photos and video. You've allowed us to learn as if we were by your side. So sweet watching Norm enjoy his lunch. :ecsmile
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: emc on August 16, 2011, 11:03:01 AM
Was Norm at Deckers release?
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: ivani on August 16, 2011, 11:05:29 AM
Wonderful. Congratulations Boone and Wren. Thank you for showing us :ecsmile
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Peter Richardson on August 16, 2011, 11:25:11 AM
Booni, just to follow up on the type of seal we discussed, I think you are correct, if this site is anything to go by, http://www.seals-world.com/seal-pictures.html (http://www.seals-world.com/seal-pictures.html)

Cheers

Peter
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: emc on August 16, 2011, 11:26:58 AM
Peter: would that be Harbor Seal?
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: boodle317 on August 16, 2011, 11:39:32 AM
Wow Booni.

This must be such a wonderful feeling for our HEART  :heart team.  To be able to help in this way, to have such magnificent resources at the ready to assist you.  It really brings a warm feeling.  Thanks for sharing the video and story.  I'm so thrilled to hear this little guy/gal has a fighting chance to be returned to his home! 
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 16, 2011, 12:47:55 PM
Booni, thank you for the video of Norm and your comments.  He truly is an Angel With Wings!   :thumbup:   :heart
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Rajame on August 16, 2011, 01:49:15 PM
Tiger, What a great description of Norm... "An Angel with Wings" indeed. :hearts2
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: basenjimom on August 16, 2011, 02:03:09 PM
 :wub  NORM   :wub   :kiss*
Title: Seal Pup on Whaling Station Bay
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 16, 2011, 02:49:27 PM
Someone else mentioned that Norm has wings (helicopter) and I'm sorry I don't remember who it was. 
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: watermaid on August 16, 2011, 07:31:53 PM
This is great news.  Thanks to all involved and I enjoy every little tidbit including watching the helicopter take off etc.  Hope we will continue to get reports on this seals progress.   :heart
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: passerine on August 16, 2011, 07:42:10 PM
(((Norm))) the world is a better place with you on it "An Angel with Wings". Thank-you! :heart Booni & Wren the same goes for you two & all the wonderful that give of their time & love for our critters.  :eclove
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: winterwren on August 16, 2011, 10:12:03 PM
An update on the rescued seal pup, given by Leigh, a volunteer at IWNCC, adapted from the chat and posted here by permission.

Good evening all...this is Leigh, the volunteer at Island Wildlife Natural Car Centre.  Just wanted to let you know that little Oriole is doing VERY well! I had the great pleasure of assisting in Oriole's feeding this morning...what a little chow hound!  Right now, the pup is getting herring smoothies loaded with meds and vitamins....then, after a while he'll start to learn how to eat whole fish.... it's a learning process for them....first smoothes by a feeding tube, then hand fed, then free feeding.

But, as of now, the prognosis is excellent.

Someone asked last night about the name...The centre picks a theme each year...last year cartoon characters. this year birds!

 We release our seal pups when they get to be around 60 pounds....we release here on Salt Spring....very close to Wallace Island where there are many, many moms and babies...they thrive!


Leigh also mentioned that seal pups usually stay with their moms for about two months, and that Oriole is about 2 weeks old.

Thank you Leigh for updating us, and for allowing me to post your update here.
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: OpieK on August 16, 2011, 10:45:35 PM
another wonderful HEART rescue - thank you all for the video and detailed updates!
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: emc on August 16, 2011, 10:45:51 PM
Thank you Wren and Leigh. 2 weeks  :eceek. Poor little guy. He/she is really cute and will look better when filled out.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: boonibarb on August 17, 2011, 06:59:08 AM

i was contacted by Marielle, the vet at SSIWNCC.
When i called the Centre back to tell them what i knew about the pup, i was told that Oriole is female!
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: eaglett on August 17, 2011, 09:41:42 AM
what a great story...................thank you all involved!
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Cawatcher on August 17, 2011, 09:44:07 AM
Wow ty for update Booni!  :eclove
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: ccfan on August 17, 2011, 10:21:28 AM
:hearts2
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: watermaid on August 17, 2011, 11:32:06 AM
This is all great news.  Thank you to all.  :heart
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 18, 2011, 06:10:41 AM
My heart is with HEART on these rescues....Thank you Booni for the wonderful pictures and your keen evaluation (with MARS) on this little life....and Wren for all of your assistance and follow-up.....another chance given to this little one!!  Miigwetch for having the HEART to be the "flippers" for this little one!!
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Bluewing4 on August 18, 2011, 08:31:01 AM
 aww ,flippers.  Sweet reference Mishikeenhquay !
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: passerine on August 19, 2011, 10:47:06 PM
Leigh from rehab came into chat tonight with update, said i could post.

Leigh: Good Evening  everyone....just got home from the widlife centre....and I'm happy to report that little Oriole is tube feeding very well, has a normal temperature and is tucked away in his little tub for the evening!

Leigh said they have 61 sea pups.
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: NancyM on August 20, 2011, 07:55:07 AM
good news, Passerine, thanks for posting it here.
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: BBE on August 22, 2011, 03:50:51 PM
A truly warm warming story. Many thanks to Booni, wren, Norm, Maj, Leigh and all involved in the rescue and now care of Oriole.

Each and everyone one of you are 'Angels with Wings'.

 :s*
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: MoJo on August 23, 2011, 07:39:44 AM
Leigh stopped into chat last night with an update on Oriole, which she said I could post here:

Leigh: Hello everyone! Latest report on Mr. Oriole.....he's just great this evening....just returned from the wildlife centre and had the opportunity to feed him again.  He is eating well, and he is active, very alert and vocal!
Mojohornbyeagles: so oriole is a boy?  Why did I think girl?
Leigh: I think it was reported...but he is definately a young male
Mojohornbyeagles: leigh, any chance you'll be taking any video of Oriole to post on FB?
Leigh: I will ask our founder Jeff Lederman to post some more picture of him....
Leigh: possibly a little video also.....
Leigh: well...time for me to check in with hubby...will be at the centre tomorrow evening and check in with an update on little Oriole when I return home...goodnight all

Mojohornbyeagles: Leigh, anything else you'd like me to include with your update?
Leigh: just that he is a real CUTIE!!!!!!

 
(I tried to post this last night, but crashed and then lost my internet connection.)
 
Mojo

Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: NancyM on August 23, 2011, 07:53:12 AM
Thanks for the update, Mojo!  Someone at the Centre told booni that Oriole was a girl, but apparently that person was wrong.

Our adoption of Oriole (fundraising in progress this week) means the center will send pictures for us to follow his progress (pictures will be posted here).  (This topic has info on the adoption:  http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=896.0 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=896.0))
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 23, 2011, 01:40:30 PM
Great to have Leigh's updates about Oriole!  So he's a boy...I think he's darling and it's wonderful to know he's recovering well!  Yay for the rehabbers and volunteers at the Centre!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: amazedbyeagles on August 24, 2011, 09:40:58 AM
Wow!  Rescue Angels hard at work!  And such gratifying work it must be!  I sure love reading about Oriole's rescue and recovery!  And hugs to all who care so much for these poor critters who suffer!   :eclove
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: passerine on August 27, 2011, 10:52:07 AM
Another update from Leigh via chat:

Leigh: Hi all....I have had a few days off, but worked at the wildlife centre last night.  I wanted to give you an update on Oriole...he's doing VERY well!  I helped feed him and was told my Marielle that he went for a swim in his tub earlier in the day.  He's is more alert and active every day....and soon he will be trying whole fish!

Basenjimom:  After whole fish, does he get to swim with friends in a bigger enclosure?

Leigh: that's right base...he will "graduate" to one of the pools with other pups

Leigh: we have 63 pups and expect more!

Leigh said if a pup can be picked up by human it's time to go to rehab. Is the rule of thumb they use. They also get older seals that aren't doing well in the wild.
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: oriole08 on August 29, 2011, 08:15:05 PM
Oh my.  That is great to hear.  (soft spot in my heart for the little guy)   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: oriole08 on August 29, 2011, 08:17:42 PM
Leigh.  Thanks for update on Oriole.  PLease take good care of him.  Thx for all you do.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: passerine on September 14, 2011, 08:42:57 AM
Courtesy of Pedro Baranda, this is our first seal release of the summer. Say goodbye to Puffin, Flicker, Merlin, Dodo & Flamingo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1LFF8wXWRM
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 14, 2011, 02:20:47 PM
Success...may they thrive in the wild!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Cawatcher on September 14, 2011, 03:49:51 PM
 :eclove this is what IT is all about  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: passerine on September 14, 2011, 06:52:25 PM
Update on Oriole from Leigh. :ecsmile

Leigh: Hi All....sorry I haven't been posting lately,been extremely busy at the wildlife centre, and with company...anyway, I thought an update on little Oriole was in order!....well, he's not so little anymore, weighing in at about 30 pounds!  He's doing so very well out a pool #1 with other friends....free feeding, swimming, diving and playing (doing all the things seal pups love to do!)
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 14, 2011, 06:56:14 PM
Wonderful news, Passerine!  It's so nice to know he's doing well and enjoying life,  swimming and playing with his friends!  Leigh is very kind to take the time to send a message.   :eclove
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: NancyM on September 28, 2011, 04:59:57 PM
NEWS!


Jackie from Island Wildlife wrote to say that Oriole is "fat and sassy" and should be ready for release around October 16 !!
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: birdvoyer on September 28, 2011, 05:12:10 PM
Yay!!! Thanks Nancy. Hopefully, someone from the group (would be nice if wren and boonib could make it) will be able to be present for the release. If I remember correctly, the "adoption package" included a video? What a great outcome. Happy, happy! :eclove
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: zuzcat on September 28, 2011, 05:53:14 PM
Fantastic news!!   Good job and big  :thumbup:  to everyone involved!!!    :heart Oriole  :heart
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: NancyM on September 28, 2011, 06:00:35 PM
Jackie said that there is no limit on the number that can attend the release and they will be flexible about the specific time as well.

If no one local is available to go to the release, then the Center will send us a video.
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Tigerlady105 on September 28, 2011, 06:40:00 PM
Nancy, thanks for the great news about Oriole!  That is faster than I thought possible!    :clap :s*

Wren is hoping to go, if her work schedule permits, and I'm sure she'll take photos if she is there.  Hopefully, Booni, Joy and several others can be there, too.  They'll all be excited when they see the announcement!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Blue on September 28, 2011, 08:13:03 PM
If we could carpool for the ferry crossings it would save some expense.
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: NancyM on October 02, 2011, 07:21:00 PM
News from IWNNC:

Hornby pup "Oriole" weighs in at 45 pounds. If he continues to gain a pound a day he will be ready for release within 2 weeks!


(http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w298/Aurospio/forums/oriole_2Oct2011.jpg)
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: passerine on October 02, 2011, 07:34:53 PM
Awww the look on Orioles face is begging for a caption. :ecsmile
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: emc on October 02, 2011, 07:54:08 PM
Fantastic picture!
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: boonibarb on October 02, 2011, 07:59:04 PM

Wow, now i know what a fat young healthy Seal should look like.
Quite different from the wrinkly little fella we found on the rocks that day...
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: dizzymom70 on October 02, 2011, 08:07:00 PM
Look at his face! He's saying "Thank you HEART--I love you" :s*
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: emc on October 02, 2011, 08:24:09 PM
" Wowee, this is fun!"

He is looking quite plump in the sling :biggrin6
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 02, 2011, 08:31:12 PM
What a darling!  Oriole looks great!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: idahowa on October 11, 2011, 03:04:37 PM
I just watched the prior release that Passerine posted.  What a wonderous thing to see!  Thumbs up to everyone involved!  Hope we get video when Oriole is released or at least first hand photos from Wren, Booni, or other nesters.
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: NancyM on October 13, 2011, 09:47:34 AM
Oriole's release is still scheduled for October 16, but as far as I know, none of "us" will be there. IWNCC has said that if no one can attend, they will take a short video of the release for us (and we will make sure it gets posted here).
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: birdvoyer on October 16, 2011, 07:40:59 PM
Oriole gained his freedom today!

Today, Oriole was released, along with 9 others, at Salt Springs. These are a few of the nice photos taken during the release.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6019/6252019333_fa26243279.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6093/6252019339_7eafbf148b.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6056/6252019345_406f9d2d98.jpg)

photos courtesy of Island Wildlife Natural Care Center ~ 2011
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 16, 2011, 08:02:10 PM
Birdy, thank you for posting the photos here.  :eclove   What a wonderful and beautiful day!  

Many good people made it possible, beginning with our H.E.A.R.T. team, Booni and Wren, with assistance from Reg, Maj, and the interns MARS over the phone!   :thumbup:   :heart

Norm transported him in the helicopter to IWNCC for evaluation and care.

I'm going to check...I believe that Ajl created the recipe for the smoothies he was fed before he was ready for fish whole or in pieces.

Our generous chatters and viewers contributed the money for his care.   :clap

Many others were involved, also.  I'm sorry not to be able to mention all of them.

 :grouphug2
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: emc on October 16, 2011, 08:41:22 PM
Another great success ! Swim free and live long sweet seals Oriole, and friends.
 :biggrin3


Edited: changed to seals
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Rajame on October 16, 2011, 09:12:20 PM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Cawatcher on October 16, 2011, 09:18:39 PM
 :biggrin3 Thank you Birdvoyer  :eclove success  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Faerie Gardener on October 17, 2011, 06:56:09 AM
So nice to see that they aren't alone for their big adventure! They seem to be very social!
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: sparkie on October 27, 2011, 11:10:06 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OLLQ3WvcZk
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: sparkie on October 27, 2011, 11:11:28 AM
Northern Fur seal release .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaVdwjoOKAk
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 27, 2011, 02:14:52 PM
Hooray! Another wonderful outcome!   :thumbup:  Thank you everyone who was involved!  :eclove
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: birdvoyer on October 27, 2011, 03:09:41 PM
Sparky, thanks for finding and posting these two videos. I can barely type through the tears after watching the little seal so joyously heading to the open sea...it's home!  :heart
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: boodle317 on December 23, 2011, 11:36:16 AM
From Salt Spring's Facebook a few minutes ago   :eccry

Sad news regarding Winter Wren. Sometime very early this morning he succumbed to a massive infestation of lungworm and died. We are very disappointed to have let him down and appreciated everyones concern.
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: NancyM on December 23, 2011, 12:33:18 PM
oh, that is sad!  So many people were involved in his rescue and transport, I am sure they are all devastated.  :ecsad
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: auroradawn on December 23, 2011, 12:51:16 PM
:(
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: Tigerlady105 on December 23, 2011, 12:55:12 PM
Very sad... :ecsad
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: boonibarb on June 22, 2012, 12:29:20 PM


These are the rest of the fotos i took of Oriole the evening we were assessing his condition.
i knew nothing about Seal pups at that time.
Now, a year later, when i look at these fotos, i can see that this little fella needed help.
i will know better for next time.

Slide Show - august 14 2011 19:34 - Oriole the Seal pup

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7421421452/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/7421421452/#) 
Title: Re: Salt Spring Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
Post by: mishikeenhquay on June 22, 2012, 05:16:37 PM


So wonderful that Oriole now swims freely with other seals!!  I see what you mean, you can see the dehydration just looking at the poor little thing.  Gitchi Miigwetch for giving her another chance at life!
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: gzebear on July 20, 2012, 06:55:47 AM
Booni, it's great that you have these photos to learn from. We learn by doing, to see all the information available to us. It took several bird rescues, with the rehabber on the other end of the phone asking "is it thin?" - right, let me check the keel ... before I remembered to include that in my assessment. Thank you, sweet Oriole, for helping us to learn. :heart Thank you, Booni! :heart
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boodle317 on September 07, 2012, 01:03:32 PM
IWNCC is asking for help on FB with this.  It's an online petition ...please take a look:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/867/025/075/please-help-stop-september-15-deadline-for-death-of-harp-seals-at-aquarium-des-iles-quebec-canada/ (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/867/025/075/please-help-stop-september-15-deadline-for-death-of-harp-seals-at-aquarium-des-iles-quebec-canada/)
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: emc on September 08, 2012, 12:47:27 PM
They will be executed in "the name of research" boy that's a stretch!
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: mishikeenhquay on September 09, 2012, 08:16:13 AM


Miigwetch Boodle....petition signed!!
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boodle317 on May 29, 2013, 04:30:26 PM
From Island Wildlife's FB page!!


 Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre - Salt Spring Island, BC


ZAC & MIKA'S LEGACY -

Remember our petition last September that garnered 140,000 signatures and started the campaign that saved Zac & Mika, the two Harp Seals that were slated for certain death at the Aquarium des Iles in the Magdelan Islands? Well this spring, the Aquarium’s application to capture and display two more seal pups was REJECTED by the Ministry of Natural Resources! Aquarium Coordinator Alice Stone said that because the seal pups generated revenue, they must now be creative and find new sources of income and educational awareness.
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: emc on May 30, 2013, 01:17:16 PM
Well, I am glad their application was rejection because of the terms they use the seal pups. One season and you are useless to us and euthanized. Heartless to put it mildly.

I hope they are creative and come up with better ways to find income than to treat the marine resources in such temporary cast off manner.
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: winterwren on July 31, 2013, 12:28:42 AM
This afternoon I got a call from Marielle from island Wildlife Natural Care Centre... She told me that someone had called from Phipps Point to report a seal pup that seemed to be in distress. The caller had sent Marielle some photos and described the little seal's behaviour, and Marielle had decided that someone needed to capture him or her.
"The seal pup is on a rock, a short distance off shore. Do you have a kayak?"

Yes, I do have a kayak...

Marielle thought two kayaks might be better. If the little seal took to the water, it would be very difficult to catch him. So I phoned a friend who, like me, tends to keep her boat on top of her car on days off so she can go paddling at the slightest provocation. Was she game for a little adventure? She was!

Thinking about the area, though, I had it in the back of my mind that swimming or wading might be easier. And when I got on site, it was obvious. The rock was close to shore and the water between was shallow.
Here's a photo I took while I waited for my helper... Focusing on the rescue and not thinking about good photography.  :shrug
July 30, 3:09 pm
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He's certainly not as emaciated as Oriole was, thank goodness. But Marielle thinks that this may be the same seal pup that Booni had gone looking for on Saturday. People were worried about him even then. He had been approaching humans, a sign that his mother is nowhere around.

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We had both come prepared to swim. We gloved up, I took the net, my helper took a towel. We could have waded, but that way we would have been large, noisy and clumsy. So we swam slowly, silently in the shallow water, with just our heads showing, net and towel under the water, hoping to look more like seals than like humans.  

She faced the little seal while I came from behind, each of us blocking his access to open water. He stared at her - and that was what I had hoped for. She thinks he never saw me coming. The net is like a long, long arm... And it was over him before he even moved.
The people on shore had stood respectfully back. On my signal one of them brought the container I had prepared on Marielle's instructions. My wonderful helper brought it across the water, we tipped the seal pup into it, and that was that.

Seal pup in his tub, back at my house, waiting for transport. Marielle had asked for photos so we briefly got him out of the shade for a clearer view.
5:05
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Meanwhile Marielle was arranging for trnasport. I phoned her to report on our progress, and that's when I learned that I was going to meet Norm Snihur again.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: winterwren on July 31, 2013, 01:05:04 AM
Marielle gave me Norm's ETA as 6:38, which sounded impossibly precise. She cautioned me that Norm is always on time.

Nope. He was 6 minutes early.  :ecsmile
July 30, 6:32 pm
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I was so glad to see Norm again. He's landed on Grassy Point several times to pick up injured eagles and seals from us, and get them to wherever they needed to go.

He transferred our little seal to a travel bag that had a folded towel on the bottom and two panels of netting sewn into the sides for aeration. He  commented that the little one looked bright and alive, and probably has a good chance to make it. He said that the seal pups seem to be arriving a month later than usual this year. Last year at this date, he had flown thirty of them to rescue centres. So far this year he's only transported a few (he actually gave me a number, I think single digit. It flew out of my head. Ok, I'm a little star struck around Norm.)
He said that the numbers are picking up: he's to transport two more seal pups from Lasqueti Island tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a crowd had gathered, and Norm graciously allowed people to have a closer look at his cute little helicopter.

Then it was time to say our goodbyes, and our flying angel took off, with his furry passenger on the floor beside him.
6:49
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So by now, the little seal should be safely on Salt Spring Island.
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: auroradawn on July 31, 2013, 06:27:52 AM
My goodness Wren your account of this wonderful rescue gave me shivers, fantastic that you & your kayak buddy were available to go rescue that baby seal.  Well done, thank you.
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boodle317 on July 31, 2013, 07:54:13 AM
Wow....WTG Wren and helper!  Norm is like a little orange angel in that copter!  Thanks for pics and story and making this rescue!!!! Good luck baby seal!   :heart
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: nan2945 on July 31, 2013, 11:40:04 AM
Thanks Wrennie for the wonderful report and pix ---so glad you could get the little guy...........

xxooxxoo   nan
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: Cawatcher on July 31, 2013, 12:59:03 PM
Wren thank you and your helper so much!! Pictures in mind of the two of you swimming out to corral the young seal.. magnificent  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: emc on July 31, 2013, 01:34:57 PM
What a great plan executed to capture this seal without scaring it to a chase and using up precious calories it didn't have. Bravo!!

Wonderful to see Norm and his Helo , such a great guy  :eclove
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: winterwren on July 31, 2013, 03:06:16 PM
Marielle called me this morning with an update. She said the little seal is uninjured, was very dehydrated, and somewhat overheated; this last she attributed to the transport on such a hot day. It sure was warm, even in the shade. I'm working on a better way to cover the box and still let more air through. Something in the line of the netting windows Norm has sewn into his transport bag, maybe.

Anyway, it sounds like that little one has a good chance of survival.
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boodle317 on July 31, 2013, 03:20:27 PM
This is the FB post from Island Wildlife Natural Center


Handing off Harbour Seal pup “Fathom” to intern Jill Binder, is rescue pilot Norm Snihur. Fathom initially caught the eye of Hornby Island resident Barb Biagi who alerted Island Wildlife of a potential pup in trouble. It wasn’t until several days later that the orphaned pup was weak enough to be rescued. Legend has it that 2 wonderful rescuers took to the water, swimming to the rocky outcropping where Fathom lay, in order to bring him back to Hornby Island and a location where Norm could land his helicopter. A really nice effort on everyone's part has saved another of our island critters from a very bad end.

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Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: beans on August 05, 2013, 03:01:27 PM
A thrilling rescue story! 
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 05, 2013, 03:32:57 PM
I love the story and the pictures from this Legend!   :heart

Thanks so much Wren and Norm.
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: passerine on August 05, 2013, 04:38:14 PM
On IWNCC FB page: https://www.facebook.com/# (https://www.facebook.com/#)!/sealrescue

12 years ago today, pilot Norm Snihur rescued “Mr. Potato Head”. Since then, we have had a love affair with Norm. No matter what the animal, if Norm’s copter wasn’t “in the shop” he was flying for us and myriad other wildlife centres throug...hout BC. Norm to the rescue sounds silly, but that is the reality of Norm’s contribution. At the most vulnerable time in an animals life, when they are facing life and death, it is indeed, Norm to the rescue. Norm, you are a true prince among men.

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Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: basenjimom on August 06, 2013, 02:31:04 PM
Wren, ty so much for this wet and wild rescue.  I have to agree with you, Norm is a special guy.   :heart :heart Love me some NORM :heart :heart   I have added him to my 'bucket list' as people I must meet some day   :eclove
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boonibarb on August 09, 2013, 09:39:32 AM
 
Story of my attempt at capture of the Phipp*s Point Seal pup, & a foto here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1251.msg136284#msg136284)

july 27 2013 18:09 - Fathom the Seal Pup

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/9471106975/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/43214021@N08/9471106975/#)
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boonibarb on October 21, 2013, 09:20:09 AM
 
On august 20, i got a call from Marielle asking for my help in rescuing a starving Seal Pup that was spotted in Helliwell Park at low tide.
By the time i could drive, then walk out there, the pup was nowhere to be found.
i went out two more times looking for him, & wren went one evening in her kayak to search all the shores, but this poor little one was never reported again.
 
On saturday october 19, Marielle asked me to assist with a pup that had been found at Tribune Bay.
They needed a larger kennel, as their tub had no lid & the pup was feisty enough to try to escape.
Well, it turned out that the pup was actually in Helliwell Provincial Park.
i drove there with the big Eagle kennel that madrona donated to us, expecting to transfer the pup into the big kennel from the lidless tub, in the parking lot.
But i was met by a young fella who walked me out, sharing the load of the kennel, to where the rest of the family was waiting, with the Seal pup held under a tub.
They were down on the beach, at almost the furthest point of the Helliwell walk.
They had spotted the pup, watched a bit, then walked on.
When the pup was still there 20 minutes later, they called the VanAqua Marine Mammal Rescue coordinator who referred the call to the Saltspring care center.
It was suggested that they nab the pup & put him in a tub, which they did, but the pup was feisty & kept trying to escape.
So that was why i was called in, to bring a bigger kennel.
The pup was on a pebbly beach which you had to get to by climbing down a bit of a rock face.
The family used driftwood to make a barrier to get the pup to go into the kennel rather than escaping to the water, which he was trying to do.
He finally climbed into the kennel.
Then the family clambered the heavy kennel up the rock face to the Park path, & we took turns carrying the kennel to the parking lot.
The family loaded the kennel into their van & followed me to Ford Cove where Marielle had set up Jim Funk*s Water Taxi service to deliver the pup to another pick up person on Vancouver Island.
They met successfully, & i even got my kennel back the same night.
i had to sterilize it, as there was blood, & also Seals can carry diseases communicable to humans.
The pup*s tail had open bleeding wounds, not sure what caused those.

Here (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=535565099851690&set=a.124520624289475.27562.124125990995605&type=1&relevant_count=1) is a link to a foto of the young one, plus the report from Saltspring Island!

i will post some fotos from this rescue soon.
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: passerine on October 21, 2013, 02:41:53 PM
Nice photo of the little fella on the FB link. Thanks Booni for your part. I do hope they keep us updated.
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boonibarb on October 22, 2013, 09:29:28 AM
 
Here are a couple of fotos of the *weaner* Seal in the Eagle kennel.
 
october 19 2013 16:17 - rescued Seal Pup
 
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Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boonibarb on October 22, 2013, 09:33:35 AM
 
Click here (http://www.facebook.com/sealrescue) to go to the Salt Spring Natural Care Centre*s Facebook page to see more fotos taken by the family who found her!
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boonibarb on March 09, 2014, 09:00:57 PM

Late this afternoon i got a call from Marielle asking for help.
She had two kayakers on Denman who had found a Seal that was lying on the beach not trying to get away from them, so she asked them to capture.
They did so, & put the Seal in the bow hatch of their kayak with the lid on!
i was asked to bring our big carrier down to Ford Cove to meet Jim Funk again in his Water Taxi.
We would take the carrier to Denman & transfer the Seal from the kayak to the big carrier.
So we loaded up the boat & off we went to Gravelley Bay on the Hornby side of Denman, right next to where the ferry docks.
The two kayakers were waiting for us.
& sure enough they had the seal in the hatch of their kayak.
They carried the kayak & the carrier high up the beach so the Seal couldn*t escape into the water.
We were told that he would try to bite us so be careful!
The kayakers adeptly put the mouth of the kayak hatch against the mouth of the kennel & in the Seal went.
Next they transferred the kennel back to the boat.
Off we went to Deep Bay!
The water at the Denman ferry was beautiful milky blue, so cloudy you couldn*t see in the water at all.
There was foam floating everywhere & the smell was divine.
There were a good half dozen Herring fishing boats, some actively beating their nets full of Herring into their skiffs.
Sea Lions were floating through the beautifully-coloured water in groups.
Gulls were flying everywhere & Eagles were in abundance.
Soon we left this behind as we went around the Chrome Island Lighthouse & off to Deep Bay.
i*ve never been there before but Jim knew the way which is a good thing as it is a bit tricky with shallows.
We were met by the volunteer who also met Jim to pick up the last Helliwell weaner Seal Pup.
She had a smaller carrier & she transferred the Seal from our big one into her smaller one.
Then off she went to meet someone in Nanaimo who would drive the Seal to the next pickup & eventually to Saltspring Care Center.
Let*s keep an eye on their Facebook page, as i bet we*ll see updates about this Seal there, i hope!
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: OpieK on March 09, 2014, 11:02:31 PM
HEART at work again - thank you for all you do Booni - looking forward to updates
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boodle317 on March 10, 2014, 07:01:36 AM
Thanks once again booni, for all you do.  :heart
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: Cawatcher on March 10, 2014, 07:43:36 AM
 :heart Thank you booni and for all those who assist in ths wonderful relay rescue  :thumbup: It does take a village. What a wonderful day for you to witness eye to eye the wildlife at waters level. It all sounds surreal and beautiful.
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: Donnae on March 11, 2014, 02:32:07 PM
Thanks Booni again for a great job and all that helped. Let's hope things go well for the pup.
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boonibarb on April 26, 2014, 10:19:52 AM
 
This Seal was first posted about here. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=887.msg149024#msg149024)
i took a video of the transfer of the young Seal from HEART*s large carrier to the smaller carrier of the woman who met Jim Funk & i at Deep Bay.
It was hard to see the Seal during the transfer, so i took two scaps from my video.

march 9 2014 17:46 - young Seal in carrier

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You can see her left flipper on the wall of the carrier in this one.

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i talked to Marielle recently to get an update about  this young Seal.
She had been in very poor condition!
She was quite underweight, so hadn*t been eating well after being weaned from her mother in the early fall/late summer.
She had Lungworm, which isn*t uncommon in Seals, but when they are doing poorly, this parasite thrives in the lungs.
She also had intestinal parasites very badly, & her poop was very foul smelling.
Parasites come from eating raw Fish, & all Seals have them, but when they have failing health, the parasites take hold strongly.
She needed two weeks of antibiotics as well as de-worming.
She was very quickly eating on her own & gaining weight!
She was transferred by plane to the Vancouver Aquarium where she was cared for further.
She was found to have Pox, not life-threatening, but she was being held til this cleared.
By now she was off her meds & her weight had increased to 50 pounds!
So this young Seal will be released in prime condition & should do very well!  :heart

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Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: gzebear on May 12, 2014, 04:26:33 AM

Great story - thanks for helping the little seal, booni, and thanks for the update!
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: winterwren on July 16, 2014, 11:59:06 PM
Another seal went to Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre late this afternoon.

This was a very young baby, with the umbilical cord still attached.
Marielle told me that at that age, normally the mother is nearby at all times; this little one had been observed inside the Ford Cove harbour, all alone and calling loudly, for two days.

The person who had phoned IWNCC offered to help me. We launched my canoe and soon found the seal pup, trying to nurse on the hull of a boat! I steered and steadied the canoe while my helper gently lowered the capture net to scoop that baby from underneath. It went surprisingly well. We lifted that little seal into the canoe, net and all, and headed for shore, where we transferred him to a plastic tub.

Once again it was Jim Funk who volunteered to transfer the seal pup to Deep Bay with his water taxi.

This little pup is now in care on Saltspring Island.

In this first photo, I think we can see a tiny bit of the umbilical cord. There is some rusty-red staining on the tail (definitely not blood; the blue tub colours it darker than it is). Maybe just poop? He had been in there for a bit by then, waiting for his ride across the water.
July 16, 6:36 pm
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Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: boodle317 on July 17, 2014, 04:59:21 AM
 :heart  Thank you again and again HEART!
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: birdvoyer on July 17, 2014, 05:04:53 AM
Wishing this little one well. HEART and friends are once again doing wonderful work. ♥ Thank you!
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: idahowa on July 17, 2014, 07:33:01 AM
A tough way to start life, but in good hands now.  Thanks Wren and all who helped.  Good Karma is on your side.
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: linused on July 17, 2014, 10:39:45 AM
HEART    :heart
Title: Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Post by: OpieK on July 17, 2014, 11:52:37 AM
thank you again, Wren - the critters are so lucky to have you nearby