When Hawaiian monk seal pup Ahonui was rescued, she had recently weaned from her mother, but was not getting the nutrition she needed and was severely underweight. Hawaiian monk seals are one of the most endangered animals in the world, so each individual seal is essential to save this species from extinction. Thankfully, Ahonui was rescued and transported to Ke Kai Ola, our Hawaiian monk seal hospital on Hawai‘i Island, for rehabilitative care. At first, this skinny seal was gently tube-fed a nutritious formula to help her stabilize and get vital nutrients, but it wasn’t long before she was eating fish on her own. She soon began to steadily gain weight and playfully interact with other Hawaiian monk seals in our care. After Ahonui regained her strength, she was released back to the wild in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands with a second chance at life.
photo © The Marine Mammal Center / NOAA permit #18786
- Age at Admit
- Weight at Admit
- 24.00 kgs
- Rescue Location
- Laysan Island - Laysan, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
- Malnutrition, Maternal separation, Abscess
- Release Date
- Release Location
- Laysan Island
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