Each week this summer, a new animal rescued by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver, will be featured on this blog. Stay tuned for more updates!
This week’s rescue story is courtesy of Jenelle H., a veterinary technician at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.
On July 26, 2013, the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre received a call from Eric, a concerned member of the public, who had been observing a young harbour seal pup for some time. The pup was located on Sidney Spit, which is an area off of Vancouver Island only accessible by boat. We asked Eric some questions about the pup’s overall appearance and also asked him to send us some photos, since this would give us insight on whether or not the pup needed to be rescued. As soon as we saw the photos, we knew this was a pup to be concerned about.
The pup, soon to be named Draco, was extremely emaciated and appeared to be weak, which are good indicators that he had been away from his mother for quite some time. Draco needed immediate veterinary attention but unfortunately there were no more flights that evening from Victoria to Vancouver, so we needed to find him overnight care and housing. That’s where the B.C. SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) came in. Wild ARC was happy to house Draco for us, and during his stay they were able to monitor him, as well as provide him with fluids and a safe place to rest.
Early the next morning, Wild ARC staff transported Draco to Harbour Air in Victoria so that he could catch his flight to Vancouver, where Marine Mammal Rescue Centre staff were waiting for him. Once at the Rescue Centre, he was fed a special electrolyte substance, followed by more fluids to help him regain his strength. So far, Draco is responding well and is on track to be released back into the wild in a couple of months.
We would like to thank Eric who first contacted us about Draco and provided us with helpful information on his condition. Also, a huge thanks for the generosity of Wild ARC and Harbour Air for providing help without any hesitation.
As a self-supporting, non-profit organization, the Vancouver Aquarium does not receive ongoing funds to operate its Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, but relies on community support to continue its work. To help us care for the hundreds of marine mammals we rescue and rehabilitate each year, please donate today.
To view a list of all the Rescue Centre’s current patients, click here.
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver and supported by Teekay Shipping, is grateful for the support of its community partners.