A very rare guest in New Zealand: the pig Adélie Piguin covered thousands of kilometers of Antarctica in a short flight near Christchurch.
Christchurch – A rare guest: A penguin from Antarctica made the 3,000-kilometre journey to New Zealand.
The animal, an Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae), was spotted on a beach on the Banks Peninsula near Christchurch in the South Island by a resident, New Zealand portal “Stuff” reported on Friday.
According to data from the online Encyclopedia of Birds of New Zealand, this was only the third time since records began that the Adélie penguin had reached New Zealand from Antarctica. At first it was not clear why the still flightless seabird swam. According to the encyclopedia, Adélie penguins are abundant in the Ross Sea, but they rarely find their way to New Zealand.
Thomas Strack, the recalled penguin expert, said the penguin was a bit underweight and dehydrated, according to the portal. He got liquids and fish juices. The feathered visitor can be seen in a video filmed by the penguin who found the penguin, and it appears to be very playful. Stave reports that after staying in a care center in Christchurch, he was released into the open air again on Friday.
Before his plane visit, the body of an Adélie penguin was found in Marlborough in 1962, and a live specimen was discovered in Kaikoura in 1993. According to the encyclopedia, the model of the Adélie penguin is, among other things, the white ring around the eye, which can be clearly seen in Photos and video on the “Stuff” page.
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