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Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA
      #139187 - 03/21/09 10:17 AM

Here's a video:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/singingfish/3285377425/in/photostream/

The space does look really small for her.

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Kasatka]
      #139202 - 03/29/09 06:23 AM

wow, it does. Are they going to release her?

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Nikki]
      #139206 - 03/29/09 06:25 PM

I didn't know she was a calf when rescued - that might make it harder. This one does say their goal is to release her, though.

They have a video here (she is so cute):



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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Nikki]
      #139212 - 03/30/09 09:24 AM

As far as I understand it's up to the Canadian government, not VA, if she is releasable. Down here if a cetacean still has to be bottle-fed when rescued or requires daily meds it isn't releasable.

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: loveforRuka]
      #139214 - 03/31/09 05:49 AM

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?


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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Nikki]
      #139216 - 03/31/09 08:00 PM

When I said daily meds, I mean for the rest of its life.

I'm sure VA will keep her with the lags.

But exactly, how will they teach her how to be a harbor porpoise? It isn't really fair to her, and it's unknown if she got the right anti-bodies to survive.


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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: loveforRuka]
      #139217 - 03/31/09 08:58 PM

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.

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: UlisesGirl]
      #139224 - 04/02/09 05:21 AM

Sorry Ruka, I miss read it with the meds. I read it as giving them any meds forced them to not be released, but it meant another.

I know when Mystic got Phoebe she was about a year old and was deemed unreleaseable because of the hunting issue. If Daisy needs meds and is nursing captivity is probably best for her.


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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Nikki]
      #139225 - 04/02/09 05:12 PM

Which I find is fine. She truly will be an ambassador for her species. They are all over up there, and now people will really learn about them through her.

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: loveforRuka]
      #139226 - 04/03/09 01:52 PM

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)

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