Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Seal Shot in Face Is Being Treated at Vancouver Aquarium, Release Uncertain

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Seal Shot in Face Is Being Treated at Vancouver Aquarium, Release Uncertain

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Seal shot in face treated at Vancouver Aquarium

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VANCOUVER - A harbour seal that was shot in the face and injured by birdshot is being treated at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

The aquarium says 23 pellets were embedded in the female seal's face when she was found, emaciated and lethargic, on Vancouver's Kitsilano Beach just over two week ago.

The wounds were beginning to heal, which leads veterinarians who treated the seal to believe she was shot many weeks ago.

The animal has been named Jessica Seal by the rescue centre, which doesn't know yet whether she will regain enough eyesight to be released into the wild.

She is the fifth animal injured by gunshot that the aquarium has helped in recent years.

Last month, veterinarians from the aquarium performed surgery in Washington state on a pregnant seal that was shot in the head during a fishing derby. …

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