Fiordland Crested Penguin in NSW

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Subject: Fiordland Crested Penguin in NSW
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 10:33:10 +1000 (AUS Eastern Standard Time)
AAHHH!!! I always like a good news story. Congrats and keep up the good work
to all involved. 
Terry B 
Orange NSW 
-------Original Message------- 
From: Chris Lloyd 
Date: 26/10/2006 9:09:38 AM 
Subject: Fiordland Crested Penguin in NSW 
On Sunday 22nd a young Bermagui man Liam Reed, picked up a penguin on the
Baragoot Beach. Doubting it would survive he rang the DEC who asked the NSW
Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) Far South East
Branch to collect it. The WIRES volunteers narrowed the identification down
to one of the three smaller Eudyptes penguins and in line with our
procedures contacted our head office to report it. Some photo sent to SOSSA
identified it as a Fiordland Crested Penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus)
probably a young male. 
The bird had taken a major trauma to its left wing with bleached bone
exposed below the carpals and lacerations around the humerus. These injuries
had severely compromised its foraging capacity and it weighed in at 1.9kg
(av. Adult 3-4kg) when it arrived at Wayne Bizon a local vet. The bird was
hydrated continually after being received and sub-cut by the vet. A
antibiotic course and slow feeding up along with some more careful attention
from Bega veterinary practice saw the bird move up to 2.5kg and literally
get back on its feet and vocalise after four days. 
On instructions from DEC and the advice of the Veterinary Quarantine Centre
at Taronga the bird flew for the first time up from Merimbula and on to the
zoo for rehabilitation and permanent captivity. WIRES is again extremely
grateful to the staff of the Rex Airlines whose staff renamed Pierre to Rex
- pity its real name is prosaically WIRES G06051. 
The birds chance of survival from the stress of its injuries, captivity and
transport are by no means assured but it is now in best possible care. 
Chris Lloyd 
Training Officer 
PO Box 260 
Forestville NSW 2087 
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