Penguin rescued after impressive journey across Tasman Sea

  • Thursday 10, October 2019 10:26 AM
  • Penguin rescued after impressive journey across Tasman Sea
Sharjah24 – Reuters: A brave penguin traveller was rescued after an impressive journey from New Zealand, across the Tasman Sea and all the way to Australia.
The Fiordland penguin travelled 2,500 km (1553.4 miles) right up to Kennett River where it was discovered, struggling and underweight, and rescued by the Melbourne Zoo's Marine Response Unit (MRU), Melbourne Zoo said.

Video and photos taken by Zoos Victoria and Phillip Island Nature Parks show the Fiordland penguin being nursed back to health between July 10 and August 2 at Melbourne Zoo, and released back into the wild at Summerland Beach on Phillip Island on September 4.

The penguin recovered at Melbourne Zoo and Phillip Island Nature Parks where it was monitored, rehabilitated and eventually released back into the wild, Melbourne Zoo said.

The reason why the penguin travelled this distance was unclear, according to Dr. Michael Lynch. Melbourne Zoo's Head of Veterinary Services.