An Antarctic penguin finally ends up on New Zealand shore, roughly 2,000 miles from residence


Up to date November 13, 2021 at 3:58 PM ET

A seaside in Christchurch, New Zealand, had an sudden customer this week — a penguin that had traveled roughly 2,000 miles from its native Antarctica.

The chook is called an Adélie penguin and is the basic black and white tuxedo-looking one. This occasion seems to be solely the third time that an Adélie penguin has come as much as New Zealand’s shores.

The primary sighting was a lifeless penguin present in 1962; a stay chook was noticed in 1993.

The Kaikoura wildlife hospital in New Zealand posted on Fb saying that checks accomplished on the penguin confirmed it was underweight and dehydrated. The chook was fed fluids and fish smoothies.

The Division of Conservation stated it cared for the penguin in a single day earlier than releasing the animal again into the wild at Banks Peninsula — on the east coast of the South Island, which is the place Christchurch is situated.

“This chook is a good distance from residence and was somewhat worse for put on when he was found on a Christchurch seaside yesterday,” the division posted Thursday on Fb.

It is not clear why this explicit penguin made its technique to New Zealand, but when it occurs to know the roots of its species, it very nicely may have been touring to its historic residence.

Scientists studied the genetics of 18 species of modern-day penguins and revealed final 12 months that 22 million years in the past, penguins got here from the coasts of Australia, New Zealand and close by islands of the South Pacific.

An internet site that catalogs New Zealand’s birds says greater than a 3rd of the world’s inhabitants of Adélie penguins stay within the Ross Sea sector of Antarctica.

However its inhabitants has been severely impacted by local weather change and rising temperatures.

NASA highlights a paper written in 2016 in Scientific Stories that reveals about 30% of present Adélie colonies could also be in decline by 2060 and about 60% of the current inhabitants could also be declining by 2099.

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Corrected: November 13, 2021 at 11:00 PM CST

An earlier model of this story incorrectly said that an Adélie penguin traveled 3,100 miles from Antarctica to a seaside in Christchurch, New Zealand. The gap to Christchurch is nearer to 2,000 miles.


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