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Oil Spill Penguins Cleaned Up, Sent Back To Wild – VIDEO

Oil Spill Penguins Cleaned Up, Sent Back To Wild – VIDEO

Penguins rescued from a massive oil spill off New Zealand have been set free after being cleaned up and nursed back to health. They were set free on Mt. Maunganui beach.

The 49 birds are among 343 little blue penguins that have been cleaned of oil since cargo ship Rena hit Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga on October 5th, spilling 400 tons of fuel into the ocean and killing more than 2,000 sea birds.

Smallest Species Of Penguin In The World

The blue penguins, the smallest species of penguin in the world, were found a few days after the maritime catastrophe which hit the once pristine beaches of Mount Manganui and Papamoa.

Oil leaked from the Liberian-flagged Rena, stranded 12 nautical miles off the coast, created a three-mile (5km) slick.

The flightless birds that survived spent six weeks being looked after and cleaned by experts.

Penguins Fitted With Microchips

The penguins have been fitted with microchips so they can be monitored after their release.

Watch this adorable video of the release of the penguins here:

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4:16PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

Oh, I'm so glad these little sweethearts were saved! They looked so happy. But, I'm heartbroken about the ones that didn't make it. :-(

9:13AM PST on Dec 12, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:36AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

very sweet

12:50PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

so glad they were able to get some of them back out into the wild, but so sad that they spill happened and killed so much sea life yet again...

12:31AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

CUTE!

11:57PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

so cute

9:57PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

As I watched these little guys gun it for the surf, I could hear them let out a huge victorious..." WERE FREEEEEEEE, THANK YOU HUMANS!! Now we've just got to steer clear of humans on large boats!!

4:26PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

so glad they could save these little cuties and release them... they looked so happy.

11:31AM PST on Dec 24, 2011

They looked so happy! They were so adorable!

8:13AM PST on Dec 24, 2011

Aww, how nice!

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