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Offline boonibarb

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Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
« Reply #120 on: April 26, 2014, 10:19:52 AM »
 
This Seal was first posted about here.
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



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



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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Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
« Reply #121 on: May 12, 2014, 04:26:33 AM »

Great story - thanks for helping the little seal, booni, and thanks for the update!

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Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
« Reply #122 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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Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
« Reply #123 on: July 17, 2014, 04:59:21 AM »
 :heart  Thank you again and again HEART!

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Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
« Reply #124 on: July 17, 2014, 05:04:53 AM »
Wishing this little one well. HEART and friends are once again doing wonderful work. ♥ Thank you!

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Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
« Reply #125 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.

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Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
« Reply #126 on: July 17, 2014, 10:39:45 AM »
HEART    :heart

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Re: Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre (Salt Spring Island, BC)
« Reply #127 on: July 17, 2014, 11:52:37 AM »
thank you again, Wren - the critters are so lucky to have you nearby