On our recent visit to Sea World in San Antonio, we discovered the wonderful world of sea lions and seals. Some may be against the keeping of any animal in a cage or tank, however SeaWorld has an impressive conservation program to assist these and other sea life.
The SeaWorld Beached Animal recovery team responds to reports of stranded animals. The first step is to transport the animal to SeaWorld’s State of the art facility. Upon arrival, animals are examined and diagnosed by animal care staff and veterinarians. Treatment may include medication or surgery.
Since most animals found are undernourished, often 30% to 40% underweight. The next step in treating an animal is to restore its weight by providing essential nutrients. Very young animals many receive formula, made from milk replacer and supplemented with vitamins, minerals, fish and other ingredients. After treatment, the animals then recover at SeaWorld’s animal care facility.
Release or Long-term care? SeaWorld’s main objective for rescuing stranded animals is to return them to the ocean. An animal’s outcome depends on its condition when recovered. Juveniles often have a better chance for survival than adults. Animals that can’t be released may remain at SeaWorld or another authorized facility.
Once these charming fellows get their fill, they like to climb up on the rocks to enjoy some sunshine.
We found ourselves spending a very long amount of time watching these playful guys. We enjoyed watching them sunbath, play, eat, and clean. Take one look into their eyes and you can see that they are full of intelligence and love.
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