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Closeup of Hawaiian monk seal with rehabilitation pool in background. Text reads "NOAA Permit #18786"
Sample certificate of adoption with patient's photo and story in top half, certificate of adoption in bottom half.
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Adopt-a-Seal® Lele-aka - Exclusive Digital Download!

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2017 Patient of the Year Nominee

Hawaiian monk seal pup Lele-aka was severely underweight when she was found alone on a beach without her mother in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which is home to about 80 percent of this endangered population.

Her name means "milky way" in Hawaiian, and the stars aligned for this pup when she was brought to Ke Kai Ola, our Hawaiian monk seal hospital in the Main Hawaiian Islands.

Lele-aka was initially fed fish-mash smoothies until she was strong enough to transition to eating whole fish.

After nine months of care, Lele-aka regained her health and was released back to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands where she will help rebuild this endangered population of just 1,400 animals.

Lele-aka's story is so inspiring and memorable that she was nominated as a 2017 Patient of the Year. Show your support for patients like Lele-aka by adopting her today.

Adoption Details

This is an exclusive digital-only Adopt-a-Seal®. When you adopt this patient, you’ll automatically be able to download your adoption certificate, which shares this patient's photo and story.

Download your digital Adopt-a-Seal® today!

Please note that this is a non-customizable, download-only certificate.