The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has a very adorable new resident.
A tiny northern fur seal pup — who has been named Mo by staff at the rescue centre — was spotted by employees at a salmon farming operation near Hardwicke Island on Monday.
Mo was struggling to swim, so the employees alerted Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the seal pup was transported to Campbell River and eventually arrived at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.
Since she arrived at the rescue centre, Mo has been under intensive observations. She has been treated with subcutaneous fluids, gastric protectants, and antibiotics.
“She’s a 2018 pup, but very small for her age,” said Emily Johnson, assistant manager at the Rescue Centre, in a release. “She’s dehydrated and severely underweight, which indicates she is failing to thrive after being weaned, but she’s feisty, which is a hopeful sign.”
Once Mo’s condition has stabilized, the veterinary team will conduct a more thorough physical exam.