A museum operator in Tai O accused of illegally possessing a whale bone can put it back on display. The government has now decided to license the exhibit, which was seized from the village museum last month. Wong Wai-king, who founded the Tai O Culture Workshop, was notified by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department on Monday that she could apply for a two-year licence, costing $140, to keep the bone. Last month conservation officers, acting on a tip, raided the museum and seized the two-metre piece of jawbone on the grounds that Ms Wong lacked a licence to possess the remains of an endangered species. The bone was washed up at Tai O on Lantau in the 1980s and had been on display for two years. Ms Wong said: 'I received a call from the department on Monday saying it was willing to give it back to me in one or two days and allow me to display it if I get a licence. But they never explained why [they took it away]. 'This is a waste of the taxpayer's money, [and] administrative malpractice. They simply shouldn't have taken the bone away.' Under the law, people who wish to possess parts of an endangered animal must obtain a permit from the department. A spokeswoman for the department said it decided not to prosecute Ms Wong after seeking advice from the Justice Department. 'We found that Ms Wong's workshop is a society registered with the police. Her possession of the bone does not relate to any commercial [endeavour],' she said.