Pen­guin chick ‘catas­tro­phe’

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES -

ONLY two pen­guin chicks have sur­vived a “cat­a­strophic” breed­ing sea­son for a colony of 18,000 pairs in Antarc­tica, ex­perts say.

Rod Downie, of con­ser­va­tion group WWF, said: “This dev­as­tat­ing event con­trasts with the Dis­ney im­age of pen­guins. It’s more like ‘Tarantino does Happy Feet’, with [starved] dead pen­guin chicks strewn across a beach.”

Cam­paign­ers want con­trols on krill fish­eries so that the Adelie pen­guins in East Antarc­tica do not have to com­pete for food.

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