Patient Update: June 21st
Charles “Charlie”-Charlie has done well against the flu and his last test was negative. We have noticed lesions in each of his eyes, so we have begun to treat those with a topical ointment called Terramycin. Charlie is also enjoying his swim time each day as he builds his muscles to sustain the exercise. We have also started feeding him fish gruel so that he becomes used to fish and his body learns how to digest it.
Parker-Parker has remained active and spunky, enjoying her daily swim time. We have started to put a fish in the pool with the pups while they are swimming so they begin to associate it with food. Parker has shown the most interest in the fish so far, which is a very exciting step in her rehabilitation process! She is being treated for a resolving respiratory infection caused by influenza that she came into rehab with.
Sugar-Sugar is still battling a respiratory infection, as we have noticed her sneezing and coughing throughout the day. We are keeping a close eye on her to ensure her symptoms do not get worse. She also has a lesion on her right cornea. She is still active and is definitely enjoying her swim time every day.
Jones– Jones is a male harbor seal pup that stranded in Hampton, New Hampshire. He was rescued by Seacoast Science Center (after confirming that his mom abandoned him) and was brought to NMLC for rehabilitation. During his admit exam we noticed an abscess and swelling from puncture wounds on his left hind flipper that have now resolved, his umbilicus was still present and was being sprayed daily with Betadine until it healed, and there was an ulcer on his left cornea. The ulcer is being treated with Terramycin to prevent it from worsening and he is finishing up antibiotics for his respiratory infection and umbilicus.
Nemasket “Nemi”- Nemi is a male harbor seal pup that stranded in Bucksport, Maine and was rescued by the College of the Atlantic. He was triaged for a few days before joining us at NMLC. His umbilicus was still present, he had discharge from his left eye, and he has shown signs of Phocine Herpes Virus 1. He is currently being treated for these symptoms and enjoys play time with his roommates.
Magalloway “Maggie”– Maggie is a female harbor seal pup that stranded in Northeast Harbor, Maine and was rescued by the College of the Atlantic. She was triaged for a few days before she was brought to NMLC for rehabilitation. Her umbilicus was still present, she is battling a respiratory infection, and there is ocular discharge and lesions on both eyes. There are also multiple ulcers present in her right cornea that are being treated with Terramycin. She remains active and enjoys playing with her three roommates.
Allagash “Allie”-Allie is a female harbor seal pup that stranded in Clapboard Island, Falmouth, Maine. She was rescued by Marine Mammals of Maine and was brought to NMLC for rehabilitation after determining that her mom has abandoned her. Initially, she was lethargic and suffering from low glucose levels. She came in dehydrated and has showed signs of Phocine Herpes Virus 1. She also has ocular discharge and lesions on both eyes that are being treated with Terramycin. Allie enjoys the company of her three roommates.
Moose– Moose is a male harbor seal pup that stranded at the COA Pier in Maine. He was rescued by College of the Atlantic and brought to NMLC for rehabilitation after determining he was abandoned. He came in with minor wounds that have since healed. Moose is very talkative, active, and spunky. He especially enjoys playing with his three roommates.
Chicopee-Chicopee is a female harbor seal pup that stranded in Castine, Maine and was rescued by College of the Atlantic. She was triaged for a few days and was then brought to NMLC for rehabilitation. Her admit examination determined that she was dehydrated with a fever and signs of Phocine Herpes Virus 1. Just under two weeks in rehabilitation Chicopee developed a severe case of pneumonia and a corneal ulcer, thought to be caused by the Phocine Herpes Virus 1. She is currently in our Intensive Care Unit where she is being closely monitored and given supportive care, antibiotics, fluids and oxygen support. Despite a poor prognosis, Chicopee continues to hang in there!
Piscataqua “Cat”– Cat is a female harbor seal pup that stranded in Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, New Hampshire. She was rescued by the Seacoast Science Center and was brought to NMLC for rehabilitation. Her umbilicus was still attached when she came to us and she was emaciated and dehydrated. She was also found to have lice during her admit exam. She has turned the corner after being rehydrated and we have continued her on fluids and some antibiotics. She is doing very well and enjoys daily swim time!
Bear-Bear is a female harbor seal pup that stranded in Chebeague Island, Maine. She was rescued by Marine Mammals of Maine and was brought to NMLC for rehabilitation along with her fellow pup Andy. She is suspect for Phocine Herpes Virus 1 and her blood test revealed low white blood cells which make her susceptible to infection. She will be closely monitored but she is seemingly active and enjoys playing with Andy.
Androscoggin “Andy”-Andy is a male harbor seal pup who also stranded in Chebeague Island, Maine. He was rescued with Bear by Marine Mammals of Maine and was brought to NMLC for rehabilitation. He is suspect for Phocine Herpes Virus 1 during his admit exam, with tongue ulcers present. His sodium levels were also found to be low. He is enjoying the company of Bear and remains active.
Mill “Millie”-Millie underwent her pre-release evaluation and it determined that she was ready to be released! The wounds she had from the shark bite have only left a few scars, her anemia is resolving, and she is clear of the lungworm and tapeworms she had when she first arrived. Millie was recently released at Scusset Beach near NMLC on June 20, and she was joined by her pool mate Ellis and our other gray seal Saugus.
Ellis “Elle”-Elle also underwent her pre-release evaluation and was cleared for release! She is still left with bald patches on her head and back, but it will not inhibit her quality of life in the wild. She is free of her respiratory and fungal infections, as well as the parasites she had when we admitted her. She was released alongside Millie and Gus on June 20 at Scusset Beach.
Saugus “Gus”-Gus’ pox lesions have continually regressed and his skin looks good with only a single raised pox. He is also free of all infections. This progress allowed for a pre-release evaluation and he was cleared to return home! He was released with Millie and Elle on June 20 at Scusset Beach.
Gunst, Etta, Bruiser– All three of our Kemp’s ridleys in house are doing well; each of them are eating well and swimming as they please. Our veterinarians are still waiting for the final reports from their CT scans in order to determine the next step for their rehabilitation.
Posted by Gabriella N.
Gabriella is a second semester intern who recently graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in Marine Biology.