Northern fur seal pup Flappy was only 4 months old when she was found weak, malnourished and with her mother nowhere in sight. Northern fur seals like Flappy spend most of their lives in the open ocean and rarely come to shore except for when they are sick or injured.
Thankfully, Flappy was safely transported to our hospital. Weighing about 14 pounds upon admit (that’s barely more than what she would have weighed at birth!), Flappy was in desperate need of care.
At first, she was housed in our Intensive Care Unit, an area meant for our most vulnerable patients with special features like heated floors. Once Flappy regained some of her strength, she moved to a housing area with a pool where she was able to swim and practice catching whole fish on her own.
It wasn’t long before Flappy had transformed from a skinny pup to a fur seal ready for a second chance at life in her ocean home.
- Age at Admit
- Weight at Admit
- 6.50 kgs
- Rescue Location
- Point Lobos State Reserve (Weston Beach) - Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey
- Malnutrition, Maternal separation
- Release Date
- Release Location
- Chimney Rock
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