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Penguin Rescue Work Continues

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Residents and rescue teams from South Africa are continuing efforts to save oiled Northern Rockhopper Penguins.  A major priority is to keep the penguins who have not been oiled safe.  Fortunately, the spill happened at a time when many of the rockhoppers were molting, so some birds remained on land during the days following the spill.  Several hundred such penguins on Nightingale Island have been corralled into pens in order to keep them from entering the oily waters.  Volunteers are feeding the penguins in their enclosures and preparing to ship many of them to a nearby island to release into clean water.

Northern Rockhopper Penguins mill about after being released from carriers into a pen to await rehabilitation.

It is heartwarming to read about the response of Tristan residents to the shipwreck.  Residents have worked tirelessly to clean oiled penguins, catch  fish to feed the hundreds that are now penned and have even given over a large swimming pool to rehabilitating penguins.  My favorite image is one of penguins being set loose from cardboard boxes into the pool (it is the fifth image in the slideshow, the first is an upsetting dead penguin):

Daily updates are posted here: and here:

A special fund to support rescue work has been set up: Nightingale Island Disaster Penguin and Seabird Rescue Fund

Written by Dan Ksepka

March 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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