2022 Patient of the Year Nominee
Northern elephant seal pup Shrub was found on a beach malnourished and suffering from a dangerous parasite. She clearly wasn’t getting enough to eat out in the wild, and likely would have faced a tragic fate without help.
Luckily, Shrub was rescued and brought to our hospital where she received the medical care she desperately needed to heal. As Shrub began to eat her nutritious fish meals, she slowly put on a healthy amount of weight and regained her strength.
Part of Shrub’s rehabilitation also involved engaging in specialized enrichment activities to develop natural behaviors and critical survival skills. Enrichment items like imitation kelp and balls with fish hidden inside encouraged problem-solving and exploration of her environment.
After months of care, Shrub was ready for life in the wild where she could venture into the open ocean and dive to amazing depths foraging for food.
Thank you for your generous donation and for making a difference in the life of a marine mammal like Shrub.
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