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First Tristan Penguins released from 'rehab'

Date posted: 
Saturday, April 9, 2011

The first 24 penguins of more than 3,600 admitted to the “rehab centre” on Tristan da Cunha after the oil spill around Nightingale Island have been released back to sea.

Rockhopper Penguin, Tristan da Cunha

Brenda Hotham

“The penguins were selected from the strongest ones, with no visible oil on their outer plumage,” reports Trevor Glass Tristan da Cunha Conservation Officer. “Of the many tested to see if they were ready for release, only 24 had perfectly waterproof plumage.”

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