Penguins return to the sea in Argentina after being rescued and rehabilitated

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Penguins return to the sea in Argentina after being rescued and rehabilitated

A group of 18 penguins were reintroduced to the sea of argentinian coast after being rescued out of their natural habitat with pictures of malnutrition, dehydration, hypothermia and high degrees of parasitism, as reported this Friday by the Marine World Foundation.

Specifically, it was a herd made up of 17 Magellanic penguins (Spheniscud magellanicus) and a rockhopper penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome), which had been saved in several cities on the Atlantic coast of Buenos Aires between February and April of this year.

The seabirds were released last week in the town of San Clemente del Tuyusouth of the province of Buenos Airesalthough it was today when the process was reported.

“They appeared stranded on the beach with a condition known as the ‘stranded penguin’ syndrome, which by not finding enough food loses the ability to thermoregulate and leaves our shores starving,” explained Sergio Rodríguez Heredia, biologist and head of the rescue center of the Marine World Foundation it’s a statement.

In order to stabilize the penguins, a thermal therapy with heat is applied to generate comfort in the animal and hydration through liquefied fish until they can consume the whole fish.

Before discharging them, the veterinarians take blood samples to verify their physical condition and place a subcutaneous chip to identify them in case they appear elsewhere, since it allows knowing the rescue center where they were treated.

About the rescued penguins

The yellow plume species has a “vulnerable” conservation status, according to data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), while the Magellanic has the status of “least concern”.

Both types of penguins are distributed between the Patagonian region of Argentina and the south of Chiliwhich after their reproductive cycle between September and March shed their plumage to carry out a six-month migratory journey.

The journey is linked to the seasonal movement of the Argentine anchovy (engraulis anchoita), their main prey, where they can travel up to 5 thousand kilometers and end up landing on the coast of Rio de JaneiroBrazil.

With information from EFE

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