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Endangered Hawaiian hawk to be transferred to Honolulu Zoo

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

An endangered Hawaiian hawk that sustained injuries from a shooting will be transferred to the Honolulu Zoo in the next week.

The ‘Io, a federally listed endangered species found only on the Big Island, was brought to the Hawaiian Wildlife Center for specialized medical and rehabilitative care at the end of January. Although the trauma was not surgically reparable, staff continued to monitor the hawk and observed an improved behavior.

The hawk's “feisty” behavior even earned her the nickname, “Hawaii's Warrior Princess,” among staff and community members involved in the rescue and recovery process.

“We are grateful to the community that rallied together to rescue this ‘Io as well as for the partnerships that allowed HWC to find a forever home for her,” said Linda Elliott, president and center director of HWC. “It is our hope that this ‘Io will be an ambassador for native wildlife and help to inspire others to protect them for future generations.”

Killing or injuring wildlife protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act is a serious offense and is punishable by a maximum fine of up to $100,000, one year in jail or both. The public is encouraged to report any wildlife incidents to the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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