SeaWorld staff treating injured seal from La Jolla’s Children’s Pool

SeaWorld associate animal care specialist Denise Higginbotham bottle feeds a harbor seal pup rescued on Feb. 17 at Children’s Pool in La Jolla. Photo: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld veterinarian Dr. Hendrik Nollens (left) performs an exam on a young harbor seal pup rescued Feb. 17 at Children’s Pool in La Jolla. Assisting is SeaWorld senior animal care specialist Steve Dunn. Photo: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

City News Service

A harbor seal pup rescued at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla was in critical condition with an infection Friday at SeaWorld San Diego, park officials said.

The 16-pound male pup, believed to be less than a week old, was found Thursday after it was abandoned by its mother on the beach and was later taken to the park’s animal care complex.

The seal is being bottle fed and treated with antibiotics, and experts are cautiously optimistic it can recover and be returned to the ocean.

Pupping season for the seals is Dec. 15 through May 15, and a rope is kept up at the Children’s Pool to discourage people from going down to the beach and disturbing the marine mammals.

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2 Comments for “SeaWorld staff treating injured seal from La Jolla’s Children’s Pool”

  1. SD Native

    La Jolla Light,
    If you are going to use someone else's story, than post all of it….

    It's a male pup, estimated to be less than a week old and weighs just over 16 pounds. He has an infection which SeaWorld veterinarians and animal care specialists are treating with antibiotics. They're also bottle-feeding him a specially designed formula.
    He's in critical condition.
    “He’s fighting a pretty serious infection, but the good news is that he’s energetic and has a suckling response to the bottle,” said Dr. Hendrik Nollens, SeaWorld veterinarian.
    “We’ll continue to monitor him closely, keep him on antibiotics and see how he does. As with all the animals in our rescue program, our goal is to get him well enough to return to the wild, and have a second chance at life.”

    Marine animals are abandoned for a number of reasons, according to SeaWorld. Sometimes they are just fine health-wise, but abandoned by their mothers. It also can happen when they're suffering from an illness or infection, like this seal pup.

    • lajollalight

      The Light posted what we received from City News Service. We did not have a reporter available to go into more depth but plan to follow up.

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