|: Tigris--PV 1409 :|
|Species: Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)|
6/10/2014 - A small female Harbor Seal pup was found caught in a net near Cordova. The pup was flown from Cordova to Anchorage by Alaska Airlines Cargo, many thanks to Alaska Airlines! Rehab staff did an initial examination and tubed fluids to re-hydrate the seal. She was examined by vet staff that evening, and was prescribed eye drops to combat some slight irritation in the eyes.
6/12/14 - The pup has started consuming a diluted Harbor Seal Formula. We slowly increase the percent of formula to ensure that the pup is hydrated and processing it well.
6/21/14 - Vet staff have cleared her to swim before feeds, she really seems to enjoy the water! Staff are slowly transitioning her to a fish based formula. She has also had blood drawn to screen for internal diseases, and she is on an antibiotic to combat some inflammation of her umbilicus.
6/30/14 - The little pup started eating herring today! staff have been slowly introducing fish during her swims, and earlier today she started chewing on pieces. This past feed she was sucessfully eating whole fish! This is a huge step toward release, and will help her gain weight efficiently.
7/4/14 - Happy 4th of July! This seal pup is enjoying the wonderful weather today outside in a condo, with lots of ice to keep her cool. After a trial day outside a few days ago, she has been spending night outside ever since!
7/10/14 - The stripe like patterns on this seal's fron flippers has earned her the name Tigris! Along with a name change, Tigris had a location change this week, and had moved to an ODL, a type of enclosure with a larger deck and a deeper pool that cuts down on human interaction. Yesterday staff drew blood and gave her a flipper tag, # 133, in preperation for her eventual release. Today she also gained a roommate, Everest! The flipper tags will help tell them apart when staff feed the seals or watch to keep an eye on their behaviors.
7/17/14 - Tigris is flourishing in the ODL. She is steadily gaining weight, is competing very well with Everest, and just today was given access to a second pool, so they have more room to swim!
7/22/14 - Today Tigris and Everest 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!