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Animal Rescue Update: Phil’s Continued Care

Last month our Animal Rescue team admitted a male harbor seal nicknamed Phil.

Published May 24, 2017

Phil traveled 12 miles inland, stranding him in Felton, Delaware. Since his admittance to our care facility on April 11, Phil has made progress on his long road to recovery.


While we’re still treating him for signs of illness, including some neurological irregularities, Phil’s condition is improving. Treating Phil’s ailments has involved sedating him for procedures to treat his eye injury. Caring for a seal under anesthesia is a challenge for veterinarians, since seals do not always respond well to the process. In Phil’s case, his procedures have been completed successfully and his eye injury continues to improve.

He's currently eating more than 10 pounds of herring a day and has gained 22 pounds since admittance. He now weighs more than 143 pounds! He has also started to interact with enrichment items. These behaviors are essential so he can forage for food and hone his natural instincts while in rehabilitation.


To limit human interaction with Phil, our Animal Rescue team is experimenting with a new method of monitoring his behavior. When our staff is not in the room, a motion sensor camera is being used to observe his behavior. Our staff hopes this will help diagnose and treat Phil’s neurological condition.

Stay tuned for more updates about Phil!

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