: Kilimanjaro--PV 1414 :
Species: Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

6/30/14 - A small pup was seen alone in South Naknek, and after consulting with the Alaska SeaLife Center, was picked up. A huge thank you goes out to both Grant Aviation and Pen Air, as they both donated flights to get the seal to Anchorage. Our staff picked up the animal in Anchorage, and brought it to our Rehabilitation facility in Seward. The pup was only mildly dehydrated, but was still underweight. Vet staff determined that she is another girl!

7/4/14 - Happy 4th of July! Our pup had a vet exam a few days ago, and the main things staff are watching are her slightly goopy eyes, and an inflamed umbilical cord remnant. She is having her umbilical cord palpated at every feed, and is being treated with eyedrops.

7/10/14 - This little girl has been responding very well to her treatments! She no longer needs the eyedrops, and she is on a milder antibiotic. With all the progress she is making, staff thought it was time she started swimming, and she loves it! She has also been given a name, Kilimanjaro!

7/17/14 - Kilimanjaro started eating fish today!! During her first fish school, she seemed interested in the live salmon, but at the second, she ate all the herring pieces given to her. She will be transitioning to an all fish diet over the next few days.

7/20/14 - After a recheck by the vets, Kilimanjaro is off all her medications! The next step will be for her to move outside to a condo!

7/29/14 - Kilimanjaro is doing so well that she is only being weighed twice a week, but she is already up to 14 kg, almost double her admit weight!! She has also moved outside to a condo this week, and is ready of overnight water access as she is regulating her temperature very well.

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 Kilimanjaro, so thank you!

8/9/14 - Yesterday Kilimanjaro received a flipper tag, ASLC # 141. She also moved into a large indoor pool with Sahara! The two seals are getting along great, and providing good foraging competition for each other. It's amazing how fast these girls race to the fish at feeding time! Staff never noticed how much these two girls look like each other before, and can tell them apart from the dark spots Kilimanjaro's chest and the round circles on Sahara's back.

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.

8/23/14 - Behaviorally, Kilimanjaro is doing great! at her weigh in the week she is up to 18.2 kg!! She is getting closer to our release goal weight of 25 kg, great job Kilimanjaro!

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 - Kilimanjaro had a blood draw this week to check and make sure she is completely healthy. She is up to 21 kg, so as long as her bloodwork comes back clean staff can begin to plan for her release!

9/15/14 - Kilimanjaro had a weigh in this week, and she is up to 22.4 kg! She and Sahara 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 - Kilimanjaro 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 Sahara and Sphinx.

10/7/14 - Two of our ASLC staff accompanied Kilimanjaro, Sahara 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 Kilimanjaro, and thank you to everyone involved in her rescue and release!