Starving penguin influx straining resources
Wednesday 19th February, 2014
A sudden influx of 80 mostly starving yellow-eyed penguins is stretching the resources of Otago Peninsula's penguin ''hospital''.
''Some, when they first came in, looked awful. They were skinny and sunken-in,'' Penguin Place rehabilitation co-ordinator Julia Clement said.
About 80kg of fish is needed each day to help the penguins gain enough weight so they can head out to sea with a good chance of survival.
It is thought a lack of food at sea is the result of high sea temperatures, which means adults are coming back to feed their chicks less frequently - and with less food.
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