: Taurus :
Species: Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
  Narrative

7/3/13: After continually noticing problems with the seal's eyes, ASLC staff asked a Veterinary Optometrist to come and look at his eyes. A detailed exam reveal that Taurus is blind in both eyes because of cataracts and end stage glaucoma. Glaucoma is a difficult problem to treat, and is incredibly painful. ASLC Veterinarians and Staff concluded that he would never be able to lead a normal. pain-free life. The seal was humanely euthanized this evening.

6/27/13: Taurus up to 13.2 kg! At this point the staff decided he is heavy enough and maintaining his body temperature well enough that he has been moved to one of our outdoor ODL enclosures. This enclosure will provide him with more space and a larger pool for swims.

6/17/13: The pup has a name! Taurus, like the bull constellation, was named by one of our Veterinarians Dr. Pam Tuomi. Taurus has been staying hydrated, and his wounds are healing up nicely.

6/11/13: This newest seal has been getting subcutaneous fluids, and he also got eyedrops as his eyes have seemed a little dull. The staff has been watching him closely and making notes on his behavior. He is starting to eat Harbor Seal Formula, and should start gaining weight soon.

6/10/13: Upon arrival at the ASLC Rehabilitation Facility, the seal was very lethargic and very underweight with a few puncture wounds on his head and flipper. After an exam by our vet staff the seal has been put on antibiotics and will be kept in a isolated enclosure to keep his stress level low.

6/9/13: A Harbor Seal pup was seen on a beach at low tide in Homer, AK. An eagle was perched nearby, so observers stayed with the seal. ASLC staff authorized Dr. Craig of the Homer Veterinary Clinic to pick up and examine the seal. Thank you Deb of the Homer Stranding Network and Dr. Craig for all your help.