Tuesday, January 21st 2020

And then it is dcided that the eye needs to be removed. The eye has been damaged too badly by the infection and if the eyeball stays in place, it will bother Olaf in the future. That is why the eye was surgically removed this evening after closing time from the center.

The photos show how the team of veterinarians at the Sealcentre, reinforced with the veterinarian Prins vet from the regional veterinary clinic, removed the eyeball and sutured the wound. Olaf has been transferred to an intensive care unit behind the scenes where he will recover in the coming days. That means that Olaf is not visible to visitors for a while, he must be able to recover in peace from the operation.

Photos from Martina Zilian.

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The Olaf Files

Outside again!

Outside again!

Friday, February 20th 2020

Olaf left the intensive care unit today and is back in one of the outdoor pools. He being moved was streamed live via Facebook. It wasn't long before we saw Olaf chilling. The few rays of sunshine that we had today were fully utilized by Olaf!

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Changes are coming

Changes are coming

Friday, February 14th 2020

Olaf was weighed again and the scale was already over 30 kilos, that goes well! So good in fact that Olaf will soon be able to leave intensive care again and be transferred to an outdoor pool with the other seals. Next week it's time for him to move!

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All by himself

All by himself

Friday, February 7th 2020

While the other seals were already eating independently, Olaf still needed some help. But since a few days he has been eating all by himself! He takes the fish out of the water himself and no longer needs to be fed by hand by the sealnurses.

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Back in the water

Back in the water

Tuesday, February 4th 2020

Olaf is swimming again. Still in a pool behind the scenes, but he is doing fine and soon he may return to a larger pool where the other seals are. Actually you can hardly call them pups anymore, they are that old already!

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Olaf is hungry

Olaf is hungry

Tuesday, January 28th 2020

A week has passed and Olaf is doing well. The wound starts to heal and Olafs appetite did not suffer much from the operation. Olaf is alert and hungry. He does have to stay apart from the other seals for a while longer, he is not allowed to swim yet.

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Surgery

Surgery

Tuesday, January 21st 2020

And then it is dcided that the eye needs to be removed. The eye has been damaged too badly by the infection and if the eyeball stays in place, it will bother Olaf in the future. That is why the eye was surgically removed this evening after closing time from the center.

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He is blind on one eye

He is blind on one eye

Friday, January 10th 2020

After a week of re-treatment, Olaf opened his eye again. That seemed to be a good sign. In the meantime an ultrasound recording has been made to see how the status really is. The images have been examined by the veterinarians. Unfortunately it's not the news that they hoped for.

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Worry about the eye

Worry about the eye

Friday, January 10th 2020

The eye of Olaf is again painful, warm and some puss comes out. After a treatment of almost 3 weeks it went better and Olaf was able to open his eye again. Unfortunately the infection has returned and treatment has started again but the vets are worried ...

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Many shades of grey

Many shades of grey

Maandag, 6 januari 2019

Olaf is losing his white fur very quickly now. Entire plucks of the white fur float through the seal housing. His beautiful grey fur is becoming increasingly clear. Olaf has already grown considerably and is becoming a big guy. Also thanks to all the fish that were so sweetly donated!

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First fish

First fish

Tuesday, December 31st 2019

Today Olaf has eaten his first whole fish. With the help of a sealnurse, because if you are only used to fish porridge, such a whole fish is pretty strange in your mouth. Olaf still has to get used to his new food because dead fish ... seals are not very happy to eat dead fish...

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Olaf is moulting

Olaf is moulting

Friday, December 27th 2019

The pups are moulting big time! It's fun to see the difference in age. Although it's only a few days between each pup, the moultingprocess shows big differences. Elsa is the oldest, she has almost completely lost her white fur while Olaf still has his, it is a very special sight.

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Swimming lessons

Swimming lessons

Monday, December 23rd 2019

Olaf was allowed to swim for the first time last Saturday. It could be followed live on the Facebook page of the Sealcentre. For most seal pups that first swim seems to be quite exciting, but also fun. Only Olaf really didn't feel like swimming. With a little help from the sealnurses, he took his first dive.

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On the scales

On the scales

Wednesday, December 18th 2019

Today it was time to weigh the pups. Always an exciting moment because how much have the puppies grown in that short time? Olaf has been in the Sealcentre for 8 days now and considering his enormous appetite he should have gained a bit of weight you would think...

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Fish porridge

Fish porridge

Sunday, December 15th 2019

Olaf and Elsa are getting used to eachother by now. Elsa is a bit reserved towards Olaf but they seem to appreciate each other's company. Both also seem to know exactly when it's feeding time. They often awake a few minutes before and you can clearly hear them calling for food.

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Olaf & Elsa

Olaf & Elsa

Friday, december 13th 2019

Olaf will not be alone anymore. Pup Elsa arrived yesterday and became his new 'roommate'. Just like Olaf she is an orphan. They will keep eachother company in the coming months but at this moment Elsa is not very enthousiastic about Olaf's vocal talents. Read more to watch the video.

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Wink wink

Wink wink

Wednesday, December 11th 2019

At 7 o'clock in the morning it is usually quiet in the quarantines and pools of the seals. But not since today because Olaf is here and he is awake. Olaf is hungry and you can clearly hear that. His call for food echoes throughout the Sealcentre. Read more to hear and see him ....

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Olaf, first pup this season

Olaf, first pup this season

Tuesday, december 10th 2019

After the storms on the weekend of December 7th and 8th, the Seal Resue team is ready to help pups in need. The first report comes in on December 10th, bringing Olaf to the Sealcentre. He is the first puppy that was rescued by and brought to the Sealcentre this winter season.

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