Although a very enthusiastic eater while in his private kennel, Alfie had shown little interest in eating fish for the first few days while in the pool with other seals. He was otherwise acting normally and appeared healthy, so we were willing to wait a few days before we would take any action. Weighing in at over 35 kilos, he has enough energy stored in his blubber to keep him fed for a while without getting too hungry. It is possible that Alfie was just enjoying the pools and playing in the water that he had forgotten that fish are tasty, so we weren't too worried. However, he is eating again with full force after taking a few days to adjust. :)
Despite our best efforts to encourage Anthony to eat on his own over the past few weeks, he still requires a helping hand from one of the volunteers. He is showing signs of progress, such as pushing the fish left in his bath around with his nose, so we think he will learn soon! Until then, the volunteers are taking turns holding stinky, slimy fish for him in the cold bath as he eats. :)
♫Cleaning in the rain… Just cleaning in the rain! ♪
♪What a miserable feeling… I’m soaking again!♫ :)
Whenever there is a slow moment with very few visitors (usually when it is raining, since we are outdoors), we are spending the time cleaning the seal and otter pools, not to mention anything else that could do with a bit of sprucing up. While it is great to get things nice and tidy, it does make for cold, wet volunteers when they are out in the downpour.