PENGUIN RESCUE NZ
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From the Sanctuary Manager, Rosalie Goldsworthy MNZM
Sunday 12th March 2023
Hello friends and family
Thursday night at my house is ‘pie’ night. This means that I have a frozen pie which is quick, easy, and tasty. It requires no thought and is a reward at the end of the week.
Once again, I am glad about this!
Tuesday was straight forward – if gathering up a penguin on the side of a cliff, that requires a rope to access – and it was wet and slippery, is straight forward then it was. We only found 2 penguins that needed help and the other one was waiting for us so easy.
Thursday, on the other hand, was crazy! It started with a fledgling in the gut. This is the first time that it was not me that did the rescue in that difficult spot. Robbie, Murray and Jan were on top of it and the chick came in. Then at the next spot, there were 7 penguins. We worked out who was new and brought in one of them – 6 kgs and starting the moult – death without help. Then we hatched a plan to catch a pair up by the top fence and just as well – it took us all to corner them and they are both underweight to moult so are now in care – Mr and Mrs 41.
We had to commission the aviary for the first time in two years. We have 27 penguins in care.
We got one new penguin in on Friday and another on Saturday. We released 4 penguins on Saturday so hopefully, the numbers have peaked.
Have a great week