: Sahara--PV 1410 :
Species: Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

6/20/2014 - An underweight pup with it's umbilicus still attached was seen alone on a beach near Egegik. After being observed overnight, the pup was transported the the Alaska SeaLife Center. After an exam, staff determined that the pup was very dehydrated and emaciated, with some discharge from the umbilicus. After administering SubQ fluids to help with hydration, the pup was moved to a separate quiet enclosure for the evening.

6/21/14 - The pup had a fairly chilly body temperature throughout the day today, so staff added a heat pad to the pup's enclosure. She is still quite dehydrated, and more SubQ fluids were given today, along with some medicated eyedrops.

6/30/14 - Our little female pup has come al ong way in just over a week! While she wwas severely dehydrated before, as of the 27th she is no longer getting SubQ fluids! Vet staff did a checkup on her around the 25th, and she had xrays and a blood draw to reevaluate her need for drugs. While she is still recieving an IM antibiotic, she has been taken off her gastric system medications.

7/4/14 - Happy 4th of July! it was a warm one here, and number 10 spent the day outside with lots of ice to keep her cool.

7/9/14 - The staff have found the seal to be much spunkier and full of energy these days, and have named her Sahara. Sahara has been starting to learn to swim, and loves her time in the water, she zooms around her tote! She has been spending nice days outside in a condo, and will hopefully try a nice night outside soon!

7/17/14 - Sahara is eating fish! She started eating them during her very first fish school, way to go! Her diet has now switched to all fish, and her medications are being hidden in the gills of the fish she is eating.

7/22/14 - Today Sahara was move out to a condo to live full time! This is her first night outside, so staff have closed off the water access, and given her a heating pad to help ease the transition to outdoor life.

8/1/14 - This week Sahara had a blood draw to confirm that there is no remaining infection, and everything looks good! She was also weighed this week, and she has gained enough weight that staff feel comfortable leaving her heating pad unplugged.

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 Sahara, so thank you!

8/8/14 - Staff gave Sahara a flipper tag today! The tag will help identify her both in pools with other seals and when she is observed in the wild! Sarah's number is ASLC 140. It is a good thing she was tagged today, because she was also moved into a larger pool with Kilimanjaro, and the two girls look a lot alike!!

8/16/14 - This week Sahara and Kilimanjaro were introduced to Sphinx! As all three girls are from the Bristol Bay area, the plan is to house them together in one pool before their release so that they provide foraging competition for each other. Sphinx was actually moved out to a separate pool today due to her needing more frequent treatments, but staff are excited that all three seals got along and competed well while they were together.

8/27/14 - Due to some slightly abnormal numbers at her last blood draw, staff took blood again today from Sahara. We hope to see normalization in her bloodwork numbers. She is behaviorally doing great, at her weigh in the week she is up to 18.25 kg!! She is getting closer to our release goal weight of 25 kg, great job Sahara!

8/31/14 - Sahara and Kilimanjaro have been doing great in their pool, they are often seen swimming after each other in circles, or hauled out on the deck at the same time.

9/9/14 - Sahara had a blood draw this week to check and make sure she is completely healthy. She is up to 22.45 kg, so as long as her bloodwork comes back clean staff can begin to plan for her release!

9/15/14 - Sahara had a weigh in this week, and she is up to 22.45 kg! She and Kilimanjaro are competing really well in their pool, and have become experts at catching salmon!

9/27/14 - It has been a fairly quiet week for Sahara and Kilimanjaro. The girls are eating great, and have been very actively swimming during the day. They are ready for release, and staff are finalizing plans for their release early next month!

10/4/14 - Sahara had a full workup by vet staff today. Blood, swabs, and her weight were all taken, and if everything is normal staff hope to release her later this week in King Salmon along with Kilimanjaro and Sphinx.

10/7/14 - Two of our ASLC staff accompanied Sahara, Kilimanjaro and Sphinx to King Salmon for the release today! All three girls stopped and splashed on some puddles on the way into the water, but once they felt the ocean they were off!! Good luck in the wild Sahara, and thank you to everyone involved in her rescue and release!