flipperless Little Penquin

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Subject: flipperless Little Penquin
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 07:47:12 -0800
Whilst walking along Koonya ocean beach, Blairgowrie, Vic, yesterday I came
across a beach washed Little Penguin.  This is not an unusual sighting
however this bird had only one flipper.

I initially thought that as the wound appeared to be well healed it was not
new but then realised that as cold water would help the healing process I
really had no idea when the amputation would have taken place.

How long would a Little Penguin survive with only one flipper.  Would it be
able to swim without going round in circles, feed, etc???


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