Season 2015: Summing up

This year the season of rehabilitation at the Center for study and conservation of marine mammals lasted from 27 March to 29 July. Zoologists have done a great job. They literally managed to create a real miracle: they cured even the hardest patients and prepared them for independent life. After a successful rehabilitation four gray Baltic seals and nine Ladoga ringed seals were set free.

There's no easy work for the specialists of the Center usually, but this year they have dealed with the very complicated medical cases in their practice. Many seals had very low birth weight, which is not enough for survival. Mekkerike VII became the smallest patient in history of their work - at the moment of admitting to the Center his weight was only 4.1 kg. Puppies were treated from pneumonia, helminthes, serious wounds caused by birds, fractures and infections.

Благодаря заботе зоологов и оборудованию центра удалось спасти самых трудных пациентов

The unique equipment of the Center, as well as isolated quarantine boxes where newcomers babies placed for a month, to prevent the spread of infections helped to bring back to life even those seals whose condition seemed hopeless.

Disappearance of whitefish, used for breeding, from sale was the real challenge. One animal died because of diet change. Two more losses were the young seal received in a state of coma, which, alas, could not be saved.

At the time of release the seals must not only be completely healthy. It is equally important to be estranged from their saviors and to learn to produce their own food. In this respect, the rehabilitation process was greatly facilitated by the large outdoor swimming pool, which appeared in the Center after reconstruction.

В открытых бассейнах пациенты отвыкают от человека и учатся охотиться

«Young animals received first lessons in communication with relatives in the outdoor pools and were able to acquire a good physical form. Therefore, in the future, perhaps it will be easier for them to adapt to life in the wild», - says Vyacheslav Alekseev, head of the Center.

Тюлень Шепелева отправилась покорять воды Финского залива

We hope that all «graduates» of the season, Mekerikke VII and VIII, Vuoksa Olonka, Svir, Syas, Cocco, Victory, Sortavala, Shepelev Seal of Vyborg Castle, Schantz and Number Five, will be good hunters in the wild, and all they will be okay. Now, despite the fact that the season is over, specialists still have enough work. Baltic ringed seal Baby Inger was left to winter in the Centre. After the surgery for removing a purulent inflammation on the face, eye of the seal was not completely protected by skin. The unprotected area is slowly declining, eyelids gradually acquire correct form, but the graduation of the baby will be held not earlier than next spring.

To learn more about the patients of Center for the Study and conservation of marine mammals please visit the web-site of the Baltic seal Friends Foundation www.balticseal.org. The section «How to Help» contains the information on how to participate in the work of the Foundation.

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