Stowaway Skunk Captured Aboard Containership


A live skunk was captured on Thursday morning at Pier 1 in Honolulu Harbor as reported by the State Department of Agriculture, says an article published in Maui News.

Capturing the skunk

The stowaway was heading to Kahului Harbor today, and personnel were advised to look out for other hitchhikers.

A fishing net was used to capture the animal, containing it until department officials could pick up the animal at 7:30 a.m and was further tested for rabies.

The container ship, which was likely carrying the skunk, arrived at Honolulu on Tuesday and was carrying cargo that originated from various Latin American nations.

Past records

This was not the first time that such an incident took place, live skunks have previously been captured off Pier 1. On Maui, a live skunk was captured at Kahului Harbor in December 2020 and one was captured at a trucking company in August 2018, all of them tested negative for rabies.

“Since skunks are prohibited in Hawai’i, it is one of the few places in the world that is free of rabies.” said the department.

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Source: Maui News


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