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Young Zoo Visitor Saves Penguin Egg

On April 3rd, a baby Humboldt penguin hatched at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington. But as the bird was hatching, a young visitor, around 7-8 years old, spotted a second egg exposed on a cliff within an exhibit. The egg was in danger of being knocked off the cliff or being eaten by a crow or seagull. He informed a zookeeper, who then rushed the egg to a pair of foster parents. The little penguin hatched two days later.

The zoo would like to properly thank the boy for saving the baby penguin.  They ask that you email woodlandparkzoopr@zoo.org if you know the identity of the young hero.

Penguin chick at the Woodland Park Zoo

Penguin chick at the Woodland Park Zoo. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

In the wild, Humboldt penguins live along the coast of Peru and Chile.  They are considered vulnerable of extinction by the IUCN Redlist.  Threats include fishing nets, illegal pet trade, over-exploitation of guano (which the penguins use for nesting), and pollution.

For more info about the Humboldt penguin chicks, see the Woodland Park Zoo blog.

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