|: 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!
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 Tigris, so thank you!
8/7/14 - Tigris and her roommates are all doing very well in the large pool room. She is gaining weight well, and has been seen zooming around the deep pool. She is up to a whopping 17.5 kg, and recently had a blood draw in preparation for her release!
8/21/14 - Over the past week Tigris 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! Tigris is often seen leading the other seals when they all haul out, and beating the other seals to fish at feed time. You might say she rules the pool!
8/28/14 - Tigris was weighed this week and is getting close to her release weight! She now weighs 21.5 kg, and the goal release weight is 25 kg, so staff will begin to plan for her release next month!
9/4/14 - Tigris had a blood draw today in anticipation of her release on Saturday, 2 days away! Vets will do a final health examination, and then once the bloodwork is run, she will have the all clear to return to the wild with Vesuvius and Stonehenge!
9/6/14 - It was an absolutely beautiful day today in Cordova, and though Tigris was a bit slow to come out of her kennel, once she entered the water she was gone in a flash! Good luck in the wild Tigris!!