Two rescued grey seals, one male and one female, have recently started their rehabilitation journey with our Animal Rescue and Animal Care teams. This year’s animal rescue naming theme is breakfast food, and we’ve nicknamed the male seal Lox and the female seal Latte. Lox and Latte join the male harbor seal in our care, nicknamed Marmalade, at our new Animal Care and Rescue Center.
When Lox was rescued from Assateague Island almost three weeks ago, he was underweight, dehydrated and wounded in several areas, particularly on his fore flippers. Our team has been treating his wounds and infections with antibiotics and pain medications. Lox is currently eating on his own, his wounds are beginning to heal and results from his blood test look promising.
Latte stranded in Virginia and was rescued by the team at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, where she was stabilized before being transported to our facility. She was rescued with bite wounds and damage to her left eye, which will likely make it non-visual. Latte is being treated with antibiotics and pain medications and is currently being tube fed three times per day, but our team is working to transition her into eating solid food!
Due to the high number of grey seal strandings in the area this year and increased need for rehabilitation space, our team received approval from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to house Lox and Latte together in the same pool area. Our new, state-of-the-art Animal Care and Rescue Center allows our team to house two seals in the same space for the first time.
Stay tuned for more animal rescue updates!