Thursday, May 23, 2019

An Oreilly Update


Wednesday afternoon I checked the Marine Mammal Rescue website as I have been doing everyday since Oreilly was rescued on March 16th. His name was no longer on the current patients page list. My heart sank. There are 145 patients there now and Oreilly is not one of them. I thought about writing them to see what had happened, but I was too worried. I had to work up the courage to ask about his status. I emailed and got this very quick response.
"Thank you so much for reaching out to The Marine Mammal Center and your interest in Oreilly the elephant seal. He did extremely well here at the hospital in rehabilitation and was actually able to be released healthy back to the ocean just yesterday with a second chance at life! I have attached a picture and story of him (complete with a little identification hat we glued to his head to be able to tell him apart from the other elephant seals at the hospital).

Oreilly was one of over 170 patients onsite at the hospital in Sausalito up until his release yesterday.  He was just over 1 month old when rescued but extremely underweight as a normal 1-2 month elephant seal should actually weigh around 300 pounds and he came in at just 86 pounds (over 200 pounds underweight)!  Unfortunately, he appears to have been separated from his mother prematurely and didn't receive enough of his mom's milk and/or struggled to find and eat food on his own in the wild after his mom left.  Our trained team of volunteers and veterinarians are here to help though and actually supported him learning to eat fish on his own.  Wonderfully, he was able to learn how to eat fish on his own, gained over 55 pounds at the hospital and was able to head out to the ocean at Point Reyes National Seashore."

I know you know how happy this news made us. I did my Oreilly happy dance all around the house, shouting out his name. He was released on Tuesday May 21st with 16 other Elephant Seals.

It's so good to have such wonderful news to report in these times. We wish all the Elephant Seal pups good luck and long healthy lives. 

OREILLY!!!

34 comments:

  1. A happy ending -- or rather, a happy continuation -- thanks to you!

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    1. Paul-- Yes, a happy continuation. Love that!

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  2. Such a good news for you, for him, for his caregivers, for the world of living beings! Yay OREILLY!

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  3. I'm doing a happy dance, too! Great news!

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    1. JS-- I love imagining you do a happy dance too. Yes!

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  4. What amazing news! It must feel so good to know you made a difference not only to Oreilly's survival but the survival of his whole species! (Not to mention the diverse food web in the oceans.)

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    1. Steve-- It is so good to know that paying attention can really help. My twin brother is thinking about writing a children's book about this. He's been talking with the Marine Mammal Rescue center staff. That would be so cool!

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  5. "We wish all the Elephant Seal pups good luck and long healthy lives."

    Oreilly's photo has been on my desktop ever since you posted it.

    It is so moving to know that a team of human beings, including you, stepped in where there was no mother and mothered Oreilly. I am in awe of a reality where human beings can medically support and then teach a formerly dying motherless elephant seal to eat fish and then return him to his ocean home. Tears of relief and joy welled up when I read that Oreilly had been released at Point Reyes National Seashore. Thank you for this today, robin andrea!

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    1. am-- I don't know why that it didn't occur to us that Oreilly would need to be taught how to eat fish. He was separated from his mom so early. The work they do there is truly awe-inspiring. I wish I lived closer so I could volunteer. I love sharing a good story.

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  6. YAY for Oreilly!! Wow, he's already gained quite a bit of weight! WIshing him good fishing and a happy future! Glad you were able to play a part in this success story, Robin and Roger. YAY!!

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    1. bev-- We were so happy he had this successful outcome. It never even occurred to us that he would have to learn how to eat fish. Wow, what an endeavor. The kindness of strangers.

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  7. That is just the BEST news ever. I was worried for a second as I am sure you were when he came off the patient list. Do you suppose they removed his hat? :))

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    1. Patti-- I was so worried when I didn't see his name. They only update their released/deceased page on Friday afternoons, so I knew I had to call to get the news. We were so happy it was good. I HOPE they removed that hat. LOL!

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  8. Oh excellent news. Thanks for letting us know.

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    1. Sabine-- So happy to have good news like this to share. We all need the uplift.

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  9. Oh, we should all see video of you doing your O'Reilly Happy Dance, Robin!

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    1. Catalyst-- Now I wish Roger had videoed that dance! LOL.

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  10. Thanks for the update, Robin, and glad that O’Reilly is back at sea. Nice to read great news!

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    1. Beatrice-- I loved sharing this great news!

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  11. THIS is the nicest, most uplifting thing I’ve read in days. I love it. Thank you!

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    1. Vicki-- It's the kind of news that gives me hope and happiness.

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  12. YEA!!! How excellent. Go O'Reilly. Live long and procreate!

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    1. Jsk-- I said to Roger yesterday after I had posted this, "I should have ended it with 'Live long and prosper..." Yes!

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  13. What good news. I sure hope the little fellow makes it in the big, wide world.

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  14. Hooray for O'Reilly. I know the news made you so very happy. It made me happy even this far removed. Kudos and thanks for helping another creature and giving us some good news for a change.

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    1. NCmountain-- So glad to have good news to share.

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