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WATCH: Rescued Penguins Are Nursed To Health and Released Back Into the Wild

April 18, 2018 - 11:31 am

By Rebecca Zamer/Joe Cingrana

Five adopted penguins were released back into the ocean together after being nursed back to health by the caring staff at Australia's Taronga Wildlife Hospital. When found, each Little Penguin was suffering from conditions including dehydration, fishing hook injuries, and even a broken foot.  


Taronga Wildlife Hospital manager, Libby Hall, said, “Most of the penguins were brought to Taronga Wildlife Hospital by members of the community who saw them in difficulty and took action. The community’s awareness of Little Penguins and other wildlife is increasing all the time and by acting quickly, they give us the best chance to help the birds through difficult times.”

Some needed surgery while others just needed to gain their strength back.


Sarah Lievore/Taronga Wildlife Hospital

Little Penguins can be particularly vulnerable during their annual molt when they shed their feathers to make way for new growth. Since they are unable to return to the water to feed until their new feathers arrive, the penguins become weak so are vulnerable -- especially to domestic pets.

The penguins each were nicknamed by the Taronga Wildlife Hospital after the Australian beaches on which they were found: Bondi, found on Bondi Beach; Footsie, found in Newcastle on Stockton Beach; Nigel, found Chowder Bay in Mosman; Margaret, found in Maroubra; and Collin, found on Collins Beach in Manly.


Sarah Lievore/Taronga Wildlife Hospital

On April 17th, the five little penguins were brought back to the beach and with dozens of onlookers cheering them on, they were sent on their way back into the big blue -- but not before thanking the kind people who took care of them.