Hello friends and family
And so the mayhem continues!
By Wednesday we had 7 adult YEPs in care – 3 with injuries and one with Malaria; we had 1 juvenile YEP with Malaria and 36 chicks, one with Malaria and one with a loss of appetite. The Malaria is detected by examining blood. Once the penguin has symptoms, it dies. Treatment costs at least $30 per penguin. Every penguin that is moved gets a blood sample taken that we check with the microscope for plasmodium as we need the information in a timely fashion so we can act to save the penguin.
5 Penguins have died, one confirmed positive for Malaria. The team have swung into action and we are confident that we have done all we can do to manage this penguin crisis. By Friday it was very bleak indeed. I even passed on the Toptip which shows you how bad it is. The Malarone to treat Malaria arrived at the vets on Friday afternoon so we have begun treating 7 penguins, with one more to start today.
This morning we had another dead chick. This leaves us with 49 left. How precious they are
Have a great week!