Lost And Disoriented Humboldt Penguin Rescued In Northern Chile (Video)
This lost Humboldt penguin was rescued in Chañaral, northern Chile. It was spotted by tourists and appeared disoriented. The natural presumption is that sea currents must have swept it away from its habitat. Erick Burgos, Atacma National Fishing Service's Rescue Manager said: "We saved a specimen who was a bit weak and was not reacting. It was moving slowly, therefore we decided to rescue it and refer it to the Caldera municipal veterinary clinic." Via YouTube. Chile's Sernapesca group released it in Pan de Azucar National Park.
''This area was chosen to release the penguin because the island in front, is the closest reproductive area we have to the area where this penguin was found and it is an area where there are a large number of these penguins.'' Humboldt penguins are considered vulnerable and their population fluctuates drastically. Researchers estimate around 5,000 mature Humboldt penguins are left in the wild.