Stranded penguin dies – A royal penguin found over 1000 miles from it’s home and exhausted this weekend has sadly not lived out to be a happy story and has passed away.
Stranded penguin dies
The royal penguin was found by hikers in New Zealand on saturday and taken to Wellington Zoo for immediate treatment. Suffering from kidney failure and low on all it’s resources the penguin never had a big chance but keepers and vets put all their efforts in to save the little guy.
“The zoo did the best it could, Lisa Argilla, the facility’s veterinary science manager, said Friday. They suspect the penguin suffered multiple organ failure. It was severely underweight, she said, and had no reserves.
The penguin was about a year old, 50 centimeters (20 inches) long and weighed about 2.7 kilograms (6 pounds) when it arrived, Argilla said. Royal penguins can grow to about 75 centimeters (30 inches) and 5.5 kilograms (12 pounds).”
This is only the 4th time in about 100 years a Royal Penguin has been found away from the sub-antartic home in New Zealand.
In 2011 an Emperor penguin washed up in New Zealand survived and was named happy Feet. This latest penguin was being dubbed Happy Feet 2 but sadly it didn’t end the same.
Lets give our respect to those who tried to save it.
Further reading: Yahoo.