2017 Patient of the Year Nominee
Northern fur seal Orpheus is one of fewer than 40 adult northern fur seals we've rescued in our 42-year history. These animals spend almost all of their time in the open ocean and rarely come ashore, so when they do, we know something's wrong.
When Orpheus was admitted to our hospital, she was suffering from domoic acid poisoning after eating fish contaminated with a toxin produced by harmful algal blooms.
She also had an injury on her hind flipper that was so severe our veterinarians had to amputate it. Fortunately for Orpheus, northern fur seals have powerful front flippers, allowing her to survive with only one hind flipper intact.
After more than two months of care, Orpheus was released back to her ocean home.
Orpheus' story is so inspiring and memorable that she was nominated as a 2017 Patient of the Year. Show your support for patients like Orpheus by adopting her today.
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