Abandoned Monk Seal Pup in Peril

by Stacy Loe – sloe@kgmb9.com
May 05, 2008 06:22 PM

The youngest monk seal pup ever rescued from the wild is being cared for by Hawaii marine experts on Oahu.

They are giving the newborn a 50 percent chance of survival.

He’s vocal but still very weak. This baby monk seal, just 5 days old is being kept in quarantine because he is suseptible to infection.

“It’s in really critical shape right now, this is a critical time because it doesn’t have a strong immune system,” said Charles Littnan, NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.

The pup was rescued on a remote Kauai beach after his mother abandoned him.

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