Meet Our New Patient: Lucky the Gray Seal
Lucky is a male gray seal weanling, rescued from Gloucester by the New England Aquarium after being monitored several days. Admitted on May 30th, he arrived with wounds on his flippers, severe dehydration and was severely underweight.
This past Tuesday he underwent his first weekly “rounds” exam. Although he is still in poor condition, through use of antibiotics, fluids and tube feeding, he has stabilized. He faced possible amputation of a flipper after being admitted, but for now, part of his flipper has detached on its own. The wounds are being observed and dressed on a daily basis.
It has been further observed that he is suffering from respiratory issues, including lung worm. After examinations, several other wounds were found on his back flippers. He is also suffering from increasing alopecia (hair loss), although it is likely that stress may be adding to this.