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Camera records feral cats attacking endangered Hawaiian birds

Image source: Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project Image source: Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project
KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A special camera has caught a feral cat attacking and killing an endangered bird on Kauai.

The images were taken inside the burrow of a breeding Hawaiian Petrel, or 'ua'u, on the Na Pali Coast. Wildlife officials later found the bird's carcass outside the burrow.

The camera that recorded the incident has been in place for two years and is shedding new light on how often feral cats strike the endangered species.

"It's actually really shocking how often even in extremely remote parts of the island where you imagine cats wouldn't be, you've got cats there all the time. In one instance last year, we had a cat hit nine different burrows in one day," said Dr. Andre Raine, coordinator of the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project.

Feral cats have killed at least four other Petrels during this breeding season. There are only about 9,000 of the native birds left, mostly on Kauai and on Maui's Haleakala.

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