Lit­tle bat­tlers pad­dle out

The Cairns Post - - NATION -

THEY ar­rived at Syd­ney’s Taronga Wildlife Hos­pi­tal with all sorts of woes, but now five lit­tle pen­guins have re­turned to the ocean.

The pen­guins were re­leased at Manly’s Shelly Beach yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter be­ing treated for con­di­tions in­clud­ing de­hy­dra­tion, a fish­ing hook in­jury and a bro­ken foot.

The flight­less birds were de­liv­ered to the zoo over the past two months from as far as New­cas­tle, Maroubra and Bondi, and are among 1500 na­tive an­i­mals cared for by Taronga vets each year.

Pic­tures: TOBY ZERNA

HAPPY FEET: Taronga Wildlife Hos­pi­tal man­ager Libby Hall (main, right) re­leases five lit­tle pen­guins back into the ocean at Shelly Beach, Manly af­ter nurs­ing them back to health.

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