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Dr. Bonnie Herring: Newly-rescued Vancouver seal pup named for B.C.'s top doc (PHOTOS)

Dr. Henry is getting the 'seal' of approval from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre

We're used to B.C.'s provincial health officer delivering us regular doses of COVID-19 news in her signature kind and calm demeanour, but here's a doctor that's sure to bring you your daily dose of pure cute.

Meet Dr. Bonnie Herring, named - of course! - in honour of Dr. Bonnie Henry. This Dr. Bonnie is one of the newest pup patients at the Ocean Wise Marine Mammal Rescue Centre (MMRC).

Dr. Henry may be getting the "seal" of approval from the facility, but Dr. Herring is getting a shot at recovery after she was found underweight, dehydrated and in need of intervention earlier this month. Spotted by a worker from the Vancouver Drydock, who reached out to the MMRC, Dr. Herring was retrieved from the waters and taken to their hospital facility, where she was treated with fluids and transitioned to formula.

She was only 6.4kg on arrival - the normal birth weight for a harbor seal pup is anywhere between 10-12kg, according to the MMRC.

“She has gained over 1 kg in the past week and is enjoying her daily swims,” said Lindsaye Akhurst, Rescue Centre manager. “She’s mighty and fierce, just like the real Dr. Bonnie Henry!”

“We had a unique opportunity to thank Dr. Bonnie Henry for her incredible work. With her guidance and help, B.C. has been able to resume important work like our Rescue Centre, so we’re extra grateful that we can celebrate Dr. Henry this way,” added Akhurst.