In­jured pen­guin caught nap­ping by Doc

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - JONO ED­WARDS jono.ed­[email protected]

AN in­jured Fiord­land crested pen­guin caught hop­ping along the rocks of St Clair yes­ter­day is now in safe hands.

The Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion was called about 3.30pm by mem­bers of the public con­cerned for the safety of a pen­guin on the rock wall below the St Clair Hot Salt Wa­ter Pool.

Depart­ment bio­di­ver­sity manager Jim Fyfe said rangers went to the site due to fears it was in­jured.

It was easy to catch as they ‘‘caught it nap­ping’’, he said.

Once caught it was taken to the Dunedin Wildlife Hospi­tal to be checked.

‘‘It has a small in­jury that looked su­per­fi­cial and old, but they’ll check it be­fore send­ing it out to Pen­guin Place for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.’’

At this time of year some Fiord­land and other crested pen­guins ap­peared on Otago shores.

‘‘They’re not nest­ing here, they’re not res­i­dent here; they just spend a week or so ashore for the moult.’’

Mr Fyfe urged peo­ple to contact the depart­ment if they saw pen­guins which seemed in­jured or in a dan­ger­ous area.

‘‘They don’t know where the dogs are or where the safe ar­eas are.’’

PHOTO: GER­ARD O’BRIEN

Wad­dling to re­cov­ery . . . Veterinary nurse Emily Brewer gives a Fiord­land crested pen­guin a checkup at the Dunedin Wildlife Hospi­tal yes­ter­day.

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