The 3,000-kilometer journey probably had to be crossed by a penguin, which one of the locals discovered on the coast of New Zealand.
It was a representative of the ringed penguin species, which lives exclusively in Antarctica, the BBC News reported.
New Zealander Harry Singh, who found a penguin on the beach south of Christchurch, said he had mistaken the animal for a plush toy. “At first I thought it was a plush toy, but then the penguin shook its head, so I realized it was real,” said Singh, who said the penguin looked lonely and lost. “He didn’t move for an hour and he seemed exhausted,” he added.Read also A retiree discovered a new species of dinosaur sorting fossil boxes
Singh then called the rescue station because he was afraid that a bird on the shore would fall victim to a predator. “I didn’t want him to end up in the belly of a dog or cat,” he said. The penguin eventually came to Thomas Stracke, who has been saving penguins on New Zealand’s South Island for about a decade. Strack was shocked that it was a ringed penguin, whose homeland is Antarctica.Read also The first lands emerged from the seas earlier than expected
According to the vet’s examination, the penguin was slightly underweight and dehydrated. He therefore received fluids and nutrition from the infusion. When he is strong enough, he should be released on the beach on the Banks Peninsula, where dogs do not go.
According to BBC News, this is only the third time that a ringed penguin has appeared on the New Zealand coast; previous cases were recorded in 1993 and 1962.
Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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