Wed, Oct 08, 2008
One Well-Dressed Airlift Operation
Scientists aren't sure why nearly a thousand penguins got
stranded far north of their normal migration area, on beaches along
the equator in Brazil this year. It may have been unusual ocean
Whatever the cause, a Brazilian Air Force plane was used to
relocate more than 370 of them along Brazil's southern coast,
closer to their normal habitat.
The Associated Press reports onlookers cheered as the young
Magellanic penguins entered the ocean and quickly swam away, in
what the International Fund for Animal Welfare called the largest
penguin release ever in South America.
The penguins were prepared for their trip home at an animal
rehabilitation center in the northeastern city of Salvador. Sadly,
the IFAW notes many of the wayward travellers either died, or were
too sick to be returned home.
Experts hope a small group of older penguins released along with
the young ones will help guide them south to the Patagonia.
We don't know if you've ever visited the tropical beaches of
equatorial Brazil... but we can only guess you'd feel really out of
place dressed in a tux.
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