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Four malnourished endangered Hawaiian monk seals getting help they need at Big Island hospital

Four malnourished endangered Hawaiian monk seals getting help they need at Big Island hospital

On Thursday, officials said that four malnourished Hawaiian monk seals have been shifted from isolated atolls to a Big Island hospital to feed the endangered animals with fluids and fish to increase their weight and improve health.

Dr. Shawn Johnson, chief veterinarian at the Marine Mammal Center, a California-based nonprofit operating the hospital in Kailua-Kona, said that the seals will probably stay there for at least some months while they gain someweight and strength. Once the seals become healthy, they will be moved back to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

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