: Gobi--PV 1415 :
Species: Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
  Narrative

7/1/14 - A pup was observed on the rocks right here in Seward, near Resurrection Bay Seafoods. As there was an adult nearby, ASLC staff opted to observe rather than pick up the pup immediately.

7/3/14 - No adult has been seen in the area for over 24 hours, and upon closer inspection the pup seem significanty thinner, so ASLC staff picked up the pup and brought it to our rehabilitation facility.

7/4/14 - Happy 4th of July!! The pup we brought in yesterday is a girl, and she seems to already know how to eat fish! She has been named Gobi by one of our vet staff. Gobi has a few deep wounds on her head and chin, so staff put her on antibiotics, and are carefully flushing them and letting her swim to help the healing process.

7/10/14 - Gobi has really made progress over the past few days. She has been taken off one of the two antibiotics she had started, and no longer needs her facial wounds flushed. She is still fairly dehydrated, so staff have been filling her fish with fluids, and tubing her fluids a few times a day.

7/20/14 - While Gobi is improving in her ability to swim in colder and colder water, and has graduated to living outside in a condo full time, not all is going smoothly. A few days ago staff noticed the left side of her face looked slightly swollen. Vet staff examined her and drew blood, revealing that Gobi is still battling an infection. Her medications have been adjusted, and we are already seeing improvement in the form of decreased swelling.

7/22/14 - Although Gobi is still on medication for her infection, she is staying hydrated much more effectively than last week so staff are discussing decreasing her additional fluids. She continues to eat well and gain weight.

7/29/14 - Gobi had a weigh in today, and she is already up to 13.55 kg! She has been eating well, and playing with ice whenever staff have added some to her condo.

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 Gobi, so thank you!

8/6/14 - Today Gobi was moved into and ODL with Stonehenge! As they have been getting along so well, staff have decided to open the gates between their pool, and the pool Taj and Liberty are sharing. So far all the introductions have been going great and everyone is competing well!

8/10/14 - To give the seals more space to dive, Gobi was moved to a larger indoor pool today with Moai! They are both competing well for fish, and are entering and exiting their new pool with ease.

8/18/14 - The two girls are loving their pool, they are really only seen on deck at night. Gobi has become quite vocal at night, she can be heard as far away as the parking lot!

8/31/14 - Gobi had a weigh in today, and she is already up to 18.2 kg!! She and Moai will continue to have small incremental diet increases to ensure that they keep gaining weight.

9/9/14 - Gobi had a Vet exam this week, and a small cut was discovered on her rear flipper. Staff will clean this cut opportunistically, and examine it again some time next week.

9/18/15 - Because the small cut on Gobi's flipper does not seem to be healing, staff have moved her back outside to one of the condos. This will make it easier for staff to clean and observe her wound. She is doing great and hauling out well.

9/28/14 - Gobi had a blood draw earlier this week to see how her body is handling the flipper wound. She also was given some salmon in her pool, and though she was wary of people watching, once they left she caught every last one!

10/2/14 - There was a nice little crowd at the Lowell Point boat launch today to watch Gobi's release back to the wild. It is always wonderful to be able to share a release with the community, and staff were especially glad to share it with the community of Seward, who supports the ASLC all year long. Gobi took a minute to get all the way out of her kennel, but once she did she took off for the water and didn't look back! Good luck in the wild Gobi, you have a huge community of people rooting for you!