Sick Hawaiian monk seal has infection spread by feral cats

HONOLULU — Wildlife scientists have determined a sick Hawaiian monk seal under their care is suffering from a parasitic infection often spread via feral cat feces. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials have determined that the seal is suffering from toxoplasmosis. The female seal is known as Pohaku and was taken from Ko Olina on Oahu to the agency for monitoring. Officials say she is in poor condition. Officials say Hawaiian monk seals are exposed to the parasitic eggs spread by cat feces when they consume contaminated prey or water.