Two furry and flippered patients from the 2017 rescue season at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre were officially welcomed to their new home at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg this month. Cetus and Camrose, both male harbour seals, were among the 202 injured, ill, or abandoned seal pups rescued in 2017.
“Our goal for all our patients is to return them to the ocean once they’re healthy,” says Lindsaye Akhurst, manager of the Rescue Centre. “Because of health issues that would impair their ability to hunt and care for themselves and survive in the wild, these two were deemed non-releasable. Fortunately, the Assiniboine Park Zoo is able to provide a long-term home for them with the zoo’s other seals in the award-winning “Journey to Churchill” exhibit.”
Along with other northern species, the seals in “Journey to Churchill” help tell an important part of the climate change story and the connection between the land, wildlife, and people of the north.
Cetus and Camrose’s trip east from Vancouver to Winnipeg was provided by Cargojet, which donated the flight for them and a member of the vet team.
“We’re grateful for the support of Cargojet. Our rescue work depends on valued partners like them,” said Akhurst.