03 Jun '11, 10pm

Penguin Chick Fed By Penguin Puppet:

Penguin Chick Fed By Penguin Puppet:

British zookeepers are feeding an abandoned macaroni penguin chick with a "penguin puppet" crafted from a black rubber industrial glove, yellow strands and red eyes. A photo of the "penguin" and of the chick is here on the Guardian 's site. The chick was not incubated because one of its parents became ill; it takes two adults to watch over an egg. Keepers at a zoo in Devon in the UK have been feeding the chick with the penguin puppet so it does not become used to humans; they are also playing recordings of sounds made by a group of macaroni penguins. The keepers use a syringe to feed the chick a "pink fish milk shake" of filleted herring, krill, vitamins and water every three hours, between 8:30am and 8:30pm. The penguin who took ill has recovered. Says senior keeper Lois Rowell: "We don't mind the chick becoming familiar with us so long as it knows it's a macaroni penguin...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/abandoned...

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