KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A young Hawaiian monk seal pup found abandoned during a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration survey of Niihau is being treated at a center on the Big Island.
West Hawaii Today reports that the pup was transported Monday to The Marine Mammal Center's Ke Kai Ola facility in Kailua-Kona. Named Kilo, which means "sassy" in Hawaiian, the pup is being treated for malnourishment.
NOAA officials say she was emaciated and likely would have died without help.
Ke Kai Ola staff are rehydrating the pup and giving her electrolytes through a stomach tube. Soon the feeding tube will include fish, but dehydration was the initial concern.
There are currently only about 1,100 monk seals left in Hawaii, making all female seals important to help ensure the future of the species.