(ANSA) – ROME, November 12 – A penguin has been found off the coast of New Zealand, at least 3,000 km from its natural habitat in Antarctica.
The Adélie penguin, renamed by locals as Pingu, was found missing on the coast by Hari Singh, a resident of the area, who said he initially thought it was a “stuffed animal”. He and his wife spotted the penguins as they strolled after a long day of work on the beach in Bridlings Flat, a settlement south of Christchurch.
“At first I thought it was a stuffed animal, and suddenly he moved his head, so I knew it was real,” Singh told the BBC. “He didn’t move for an hour and looked exhausted,” he added. Fearing that he would become a potential target for other shore predators, Singh contacted Thomas Strack who had been rescuing penguins in New Zealand’s South Island for 10 years, and Pingu was rescued. Stracke himself was shocked to discover that the penguin was an Adélie, a species that lives exclusively on the Antarctic Peninsula. (Dealing).
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