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Lost northern fur seal leaves Hawaii for California

  • In this July 31, 2012 handout photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a northern fur seal is seen in a cage in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Northern fur seals live in waters around the Aleutian Islands and California, but NOAA officials found an emaciated, underweight and weak member of the species thousands of miles away on Oahu's North Shore. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

HONOLULU — A lost northern fur seal that showed up on a Hawaii beach thousands of miles from home is flying to California.

A FedEx flight to Oakland carrying the seal took off from Honolulu Thursday afternoon.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokeswoman Wende Goo says a veterinarian and staff member are accompanying the animal to make sure she's OK.

The young female seal was emaciated, underweight and weak when people found her on Oahu's North Shore Tuesday.

The Marine Mammal Center will pick her up from the Oakland airport and take care of her until she's ready to return to the wild.

Northern fur seals normally live in waters around Russia, Alaska and California. Officials say it's the first time a wild fur seal has shown up in Hawaii.


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