11 Apr '11, 10am

Wash and dry for rockhopers at rehab centre: The first rockhopper penguins are washed at the newly erected wash-...

Wash and dry for rockhopers at rehab centre: The first rockhopper penguins are washed at the newly erected wash-...

This morning the washing of oiled penguins got well under way as the first ‘washing-team’ comprised of islanders received training from SANCCOBs Venessa Strauss. The washing-team work in pairs and island Administrator Sean Burns watched with interest as the first pair were taken through the thirty minute process. This entails spraying a fine mist of de-greaser (breaks down the oil/s as a pre-wash application), over the feathers of the penguin while carefully protecting the bird’s eyes. The penguins are then washed in a warm bath of biodegradable soap and anti-sceptic solution, gently working the feathers from the base of the penguin up. After a second wash with the soap and a gentle clean around the eyes with a toothbrush, penguins are taken to a rinsing bay.

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/community/2011/04/wash-and-dry-fo...

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