: Moai--PV 1416 :
Species: Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

7/5/14 - A lone pup was spotted on the beach in Homer on the 4th of July. After observing the pup for a day, members of the Homer Stranding Network acquired the pup and transported it to Soldotna, where members of the ASLC Wildlife Response Team were able to take over. The little female pup had many small cuts on her body and her flippers, staff were careful to clean out all cuts and tube her fluids before bringing her back to the Rehabilitation facility in Seward.

7/7/14 - Because of the number of injuries, the pup has been prescribed a fairly strong antibiotic that is given Intramuscular or IM. This will help her combat any infections that try to enter through her wounds. Staff are cleaning out her wounds at every feed, and also administering eyedrops.

7/10/14 - Staff have named this pup after the stone carvings on Easter Island, Moai! Moai seems to be better hydrated these days, but she has started to bevelop a bit of crusty mucus around her nose and eyes. Staff have been cleaning both her eyes and nose at each feed, and have been keeping a close eye on her activity level, as she is very lethargic.

7/14/13 - During their routine checks on the animals, staff discovered that Moai has lice!! Staff have been plucking the obvious ones off her face and head, but she also received a topical dust treatment to help kill the lice and keep them from returning!

7/20/14 - Moai is slowly gaining weight, and she has started swimming! She is a little young to be interested in fish, so right now she just enjoys some warmer water. Unfortunately, her eyes still look a bit irritated, so she is still receiving eyedrops. She had a blood draw this week to recheck for any signs of infection.

7/22/14 - Moai ate fish today!! during her fish school session she at first was just nosing the herring chunks, but by the end of her swim she ate 3 out of the 4 offered. Staff will slowly start introducing fish into her diet.

7/30/14 - This week Moai has started swimming in all cold water, and she is doing a great job regulating her temperature. She is up to 9.8kg, and as she continues to gain weight she will slowly get ready for the next step, moving to an outdoor enclosure called a condo. Staff will move her outside on the next nice day.

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 Moai, so thank you! Moai move out to a condo yesterday and is doing great!

8/10/14 - To give the seals more space to dive, Moai was moved to a larger indoor pool today with Gobi! 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, and Moai sometimes joins in!

8/31/14 - Moai had a weigh in today, and she is already up to 15.7 kg!! She and Gobi will continue to have small incremental diet increases to ensure that they keep gaining weight.

9/9/14 - Moai had a vet exam and a blood draw this week, and so long as all her bloodwork comes back clean, staff are ready to prepare for her release!

9/18/14 - Moai's roommate Gobi was moved to an outdoor condo today, so Moai has the pool to herself! She is often seen hauled out on the skimmer, and her diet has been adjusted to keep her weight at a steady gain.

9/24/14 - Today staff drew blood from Moai in anticipation of her release tomorrow. As long as everything comes back clean she will be released in Homer, where she was found earlier this summer.

9/25/14 - The sun was out in Homer when Moai was released today! She came right out of her kennel, and paused once she reached the edge of the water. after looking back twice, she dove right in and swam away. Many thanks to all of the Homer Stranding Network volunteers who work so hard to assist the ASLC with rescuing and releasing animals. Good luck in the wild Moai!!