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Penguin Chicks Rescued From Starvation

Animals  (tags: africa, marine wildlife, penguin chicks, rescued, starvation, endangered, extinction, habitat, protection, suffering )

- 3516 days ago -
CapeNature staff have rescued 35 orphaned African penguin chicks from Dyer Island off Gansbaai, one of the major breeding colonies for this increasingly threatened bird. The chicks have been taken to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation

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Joycey B (750)
Saturday November 1, 2008, 7:09 pm
This is so good to hear. Thanks Jacqueline.

Roxann C (398)
Saturday November 1, 2008, 8:59 pm
I'm so happy they were saved.

Maureen S (35)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 11:29 am
Thank God they were saved.

Elm Morrison (357)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 1:31 pm
Ah, a story close to home! In my final year of high school I worked weekends at Sancob - the penguin rescue shelter here near Cape Town. I was assigned to feeding. The army guys handled the washing of the birds, special chemicals to get the oil off them. In the feeding pens one normally has about 20 birds, all traumatised and all of them hungry. I wore thick plastic overcoat and pants, and all my fingers were plastered to protect them from bites. Me sitting on a brick, a pale of fish next to me. Catch a penguin from behind, hold throat gently, and slide fishy in without breaking it. They have to swallow the fish whole, else they will choke on the oil. The very ill penquins actually hold their flippers out, wanting to be picked up! I will never forget those days.

Louise L (48)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 3:44 pm
Kudos to ALL those who work so diligently for our animal friends! You will be rewarded! Eureka, your story was so sweet; I wish I had the opportunity to work with oil spill animals. Thanks for post, Jacqueline.

Vivian F (491)
Sunday November 2, 2008, 5:06 pm
Praises to everyone that helped save these precious birds! Eureka, how blessed you were to help at the penguin shelter and thanks for the info about the reason they have to swallow fish whole. I can just picture them holding out their little flippers so they could be picked up! How precious that must have been to witness!

Merry L (74)
Monday November 3, 2008, 10:21 am
You've got more good news than bad! Thankx Jac.

Thelma Sumpter (30)
Monday November 3, 2008, 9:25 pm
Thanks for post, Jacqueline.
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