KAPAAU, Hawaii (KHON2) — There are many species of wildlife in Hawai’i that are found no where else in the world.
The Hawaiian Nēnē is a species of goose that is found throughout our islands. It is endangered, and Hawai’i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources works hard to ensure their safety and development.
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DLNR said that a nēnē by the name of 22-216 became injured with a broken wing. He had to be taken to the Hawai’i Wildlife Center for recovery.
Since this nēnē had a mate, they brought the mate along to be reunited with 22-216.
During their stay at the center, the two decided to start a family.
While this was good news, the staff had to get the new baby nēnē to their native lands before they imprinted on the sanctuary.
Fortunately, 22-216 had a full recovery just as the baby nēnē and their mom needed to be relocated.
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The family was safely taken to their new home on Maunakea. DLNR continues to monitor them as they begin their life in the new year. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!