Discussion in 'Australia' started by kelvin, 13 Jan 2019 at 12:00 AM.
Feathery-faced penguins settle at Vic zoo
"Fiordland penguins Edward and Kim were rescued from different beaches on the Mornington Peninsula in July after suffering trauma in the ocean."
"They were both quickly brought back to the veterinary department at Melbourne Zoo for life-saving treatment."
"As a result of the nature of their injuries, keepers decided it was best for the duo to stay at Melbourne Zoo and they have been on display since mid-December."
One would hope that the birds would be sent to Taronga instead of staying at Melbourne!
I'm openly going to admit that I'm always a little excited when a Fiordland washes up on our shore. Yet I wonder if these animals will be staying at Melbourne? Surely a consolidation with the Taronga birds would be in the interest of starting a colony?
Fiordland Crested Penguins aren't colonial birds - they nest as individual pairs within forest - but I certainly agree that they should be sent to Taronga. The more birds in one spot to choose their own mates the better for actually getting them to breed properly.
I was at Melbourne a few weeks ago and there was already signage for Fiorland Crested Penguin, though I haven’t actually seen them yet. I’m guessing that because they’ve put signage up for them they will be staying though I do agree it would be great to have them be sent to Taronga.
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