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elephant seal patient Bilbo being released back to the wild

Bilbo

Northern Elephant Seal
Mirounga angustirostris

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Elephant seal pup Bilbo was found on a beach in San Luis Obispo with major shark bite wounds on his shoulder and belly. He was rescued and brought to The Marine Mammal Center to receive much-needed medical treatment.

Once at the Center, veterinarians found that nine-month-old Bilbo had a fractured jaw and a fractured right front flipper, in addition to the wounds on his back, shoulder and neck. Veterinarians performed a partial digit (or flipper bone) amputation on his fractured front flipper to help it heal and also removed a broken canine tooth.

Bilbo was also treated with antibiotics to help aid in his recovery and prevent infection. After over a month of care at the Center, Bilbo was released at San Simeon, near many other elephant seals in his age group.

Adopt Bilbo

Age at Admit
Pup
Weight at Admit
71.00 kgs
Sex
Male
Location
Cayucos Beach - Cayucos, San Luis Obispo
Diagnosis
Trauma
Admitted
09/17/2016
Status
Released
Release Date
10/29/2016
Release Location
Cappuccino Cove

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Yes, I want to save a life!

You’ll be giving sick and injured animals the best possible care at the Center’s state-of-the-art hospital. With your gift today, you are giving a patient a second chance at life in the wild.

  • $35 You'll buy food for a hungry animal
  • $45 You'll provide life-saving medical care
  • $65 You'll make second chances possible

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