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)
She was only a few weeks old when she was rescued... her skin was badly burnt, she was so weak and would float motionless, only be held above water by the floating device staff and volunteers built (without it she would have drowned). It was a miracle that she survived. She had to be stomach-tubed for several months before she finally started to eat fish and dive! She is housed at the rescue center which is an entirely different location than the aquarium itself. I don't think she had a chance of surviving out in the ocean, she does not know how to hunt and all by herself she would be snapped up by a transient in a second. Harbour porpoises usually live in small groups. If I remember correctly she was recently considered unreleasable.
Hm. I don't think she will ever be on public display or in the actual aquarium. But who knows what happens, especially since the number of lags can only decrease...I know they were talking about shipping her to the US before but I am not uptodate. I used to help out with "Daisy" when she was just brought in and needed to be tube-fed and supported during her swim exercises, haven't seen her since then. The aquarium is very strict about cleaniness and possible transfer of diseases, e.g. if you help out at the rescue center, you are not allowed to go to the aquarium for the next 24 hours and they expect you to shower and change your clothes, so I am not sure if they would want to bring the porpoise to the aquarium.
After a proper quarantine period and many vet checks, the notion of transferring diseases is virtually eliminated. Any facility in the US would certain require Daisy to have undergone the aforementioned things, and I would guess the VA is the same way. At some point, it should be safe to introduce Daisy to an area that exposes her to the dolphins.
-------------------- Nonsense! I could be arguing in my spare time.