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Critically ill monk seal gets CT scan at North Hawaii Community Hospital

Claire Simeone

By Nina Wu (Original source Star Advertiser)

“A critically ill Hawaiian monk seal has been rescued from Kauai for the second time and is now under the care of a monk seal hospital in Kailua-Kona.

RH38, a juvenile female monk seal, is in stable, but critical condition, according to Ke Kai Ola, a monk seal hospital run by The Marine Mammal Center. The center’s veterinary team conducted initial tests and found that RH38 is suffering from weakness, infection, broad-scale inflammation and malnutrition. However, the team is still trying to pinpoint the cause of these symptoms.

She has been provided with life-saving and supportive care, and the team continues to conduct extensive testing to find the cause of illness in the endangered monk seal. Most recently, she was transported to North Hawaii Community Hospital for a CT scan — the first ever performed on a wild Hawaiian monk seal.”

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