New penguin welcomed to aquarium

2019-08-20 06:01
Newbie, EL at the aquarium.

Newbie, EL at the aquarium.

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The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront welcomed a young rockhopper penguin called EL on Monday 29 July.

This penguin was transferred from East London in the Eastern Cape to Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (Sanccob) where it was receiving intensive care since Friday 28 June.

According to a statement, the care was needed to rehabilitate the bird as it was washed up on the Eastern Cape coast and, upon arrival in the city, was diagnosed with a bone infection in both feet. Its gender has not yet been identified but the bird is reportedly settling in well at its new home.

Shanet Rutgers, penguin keeper at the Aquarium, says Sanccob and the aquarium have a long history of working together.

“Their help is always indispensable when it comes to caring for new bird arrivals at the aquarium.

“Sanccob’s excellent team of veterinary staff and volunteers took it upon themselves to fatten up this malnourished little bird and give it a full panel of health screenings. We are incredibly grateful for their assistance and support,” says Rutgers.


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