The Vancouver Aquarium is welcoming its newest temporary resident.
Staff with the facility’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre are currently treating a northern fur seal pup, which was found near Ahousat Saturday, emaciated and out of its range.
This is just the second time a northern fur seal has paid a visit to the Aquarium. In 1960, rescued seal Nippy was the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre’s first ever patient.
Aquarium officials estimate the pup to be about seven-months-old, but small for its size, and say it was found uncharacteristically close to land and in an area with heavy boat traffic.
The Aquarium says he’s now under intensive observation, and after being treated with antibiotics and subcutaneous fluids has begun to regain some weight.
A more thorough physical exam is expected in the coming days.
Northern fur seals are not listed under the Species at Risk Act, but have been designated as Threatened.
They live throughout the Pacific Rim, from Japan to California.