Thanks Ruka. It would make sence that if she was bottlefed she couldnt' be released. Now given the pills thing well we have to give our rescued seals pills and we can release them. Maybe that is a state by state thing.
She is adorable. Does VA have the ability to keep her?
You can't "teach" an animal to be anything... There was a raccoon at our zoo who thought he was a lemur because he was housed with lemurs. It's an unfortunate problem with captivity - none of the animals are doing what they would do normally in the wild and therefore are unable to in any way identify with their wild cousins.
If Daisy remains in captivity and is housed with the Lags, she may very well decide that she is a Lag. For her, it's that or die.
You have no idea how many times I would point out Harbor Porpoises when I worked on the boat and how many people had no idea what they were. Everyone comes to see the orcas but had no idea we had so manay differnt cetaceans in the San Juans (6 common ones, and some vistors we don't see often, about to be 7 common ones, are seeing Lags more often around the San Juans)