It might seem sad, but it's really standard-of-care perfect for a harbor seal pup. I've been involved in their rehab (although not at Vancouver Aquarium) for over a decade, and it turns out that the more human interaction they have, the more likely they are to die from stress-related infection. It's hard to comprehend, but it helps to know that even in the wild, these animals only stay with their mothers for six weeks.That pup is being well-treated and well-left alone, and will probably be releasable by 3 months or so -- thereafter to be a healthy and successful adult.
Thank you for your comment & letting me know that...it just pulled at my heartstrings to see him sucking his flipper to comfort himself, and I thought maybe he needed a hug.
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