|: Mt. Everest--PV 1408 :|
|Species: Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)|
6/3/2014--A harbor seal pup with multiple puncture wounds was reported to the 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.
6/5/14 - 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. A Flourescein stain uptake test was administered 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.
6/8/14 - The injured pup has started swimming! While his swims are shorter than the other seals' swims, he seems to enjoy them and is more active afterwards than normal. He is slowly transitioning to full Harbor Seal Formula.
6/21/14 - Since the last update, 05'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.
7/4/14 - Happy 4th of July!! This little guy started eating fish today, that's a great reason to celebrate!
7/10/14 - 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 had a new abscess open near his eye, but it has already healed!! Finally, today he received a flipper tag, and moved into a larger pool called an ODL. He is roommates with Tigris, as they are both off all medication, and from the same area. Living with another seal will help them both master hunting down fish so they can compete with wild seals.
7/17/14 - Everest is flourishing in the ODL. He is steadily gaining weight, is competing very well with Tigris, and just today was given access to a second pool, so they have more room to swim!
7/22/14 - Today Everest and Tigris moved into the indoor pool that Vesuvius and Machu Picchu have been sharing. Because all these seals are from a similar area, they can be housed together, and should be released around the same time. All these seals in one pool makes for great competition at feeding times!
8/2/14 - 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!
8/11/14 - Today staff released some small salmon into the seals pool, Everest had a ton of fun chasing them!
8/21/14 - Over the past week Everest and the other seals in room 138 got a new roommate! Machu Picchu was moved out into a solo enclosure to prepare for his release, and Stonehenge has moved into the room with Vesuvius, Everest, and Tigris. So far the introductions have gone well, and all the seals have been seen swimming together!
8/28/14 - 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!
9/6/14 - Everest is all alone in his pool now, all his roommates were released in Cordova today! Staff have modified his diet, and he seems to be enjoying the extra space in the pool. He is often seen zooming across the surface on his back!!