Endangered Hawaiian seal being treated for toxoplasmosis


An endangered Hawaiian monk seal found Oct. 4 with a fishing line in its mouth is the second in the past two years at Hawaii's Marine Mammal Center to need treatment for toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease that appears to be an increasingly common cause of monk seal mortality. Veterinarian Sophie Whoriskey says the animal is lethargic and "down in the dumps" but slowly getting stronger, and she is optimistic it will improve enough for her to perform an endoscopy to remove the fishing gear from its gut.

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