10 Apr '11, 3am

Why Are Some Penguin Chicks Losing Their Feathers?:

Why Are Some Penguin Chicks Losing Their Feathers?:

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the University of Washington, and other groups are trying to figure out why some penguin chicks on both sides of the South Atlantic are losing their feathers. According to Science Daily , feather-loss disorder---which is uncommon in most bird species---first appeared in Cape Town, South Africa in 2006. Researchers for the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) first observed the disorder in African (or black-footed) penguins in a rehabilitation center. In 2006, approximately 59 percent of the penguin chicks at the facility lost their feathers; in 2007, 97 percent of the chicks at the facility suffered the same lost, and 20 percent of the chicks in 2008. Researchers also found that chicks with feather-loss disorder took longer to grow to a size suitable for release into the wild. The...

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