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Monk seal 'Honey Girl' ready for release

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:21 a.m. HST, Nov 29, 2012


State and federal officials plan to announce the release of the Hawaiian monk seal R5AY back to the wild after she's recovered from a fish hook injury.

The seal known as "Honey Girl" had surgery to repair her tongue at the Honolulu Zoo last week. She's since been recovering at the Waikiki Aquarium.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says the seal will be released today if all goes well.

Honey Girl was close to death when she was rescued on Nov. 17. An ulua hook was lodged in her cheek for at least three weeks.

State and federal officials responded to 14 Hawaiian monk seal hooking incidents so far this year. Three hookings have ended in death.

Hawaiian monk seals are a critically endangered species.






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juscasting wrote:
Good luck Honey Girl! Now, that you survived afish hooking, hope you will teach your future pups and others the dangers of taking baits off of fish hooks.
on November 29,2012 | 08:39AM
goofyfoot808 wrote:
Fishermen told the Feds and the seal huggers not to bring any more to the MHI. A classic inside vs outside conflict. Anyway, the Monks get free health care!!
on November 29,2012 | 08:50AM
McGarret wrote:
Best wishes, Honey Girl. You are a very important animal!
on November 29,2012 | 10:30AM
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