350 vacationing penguins return to the ocean

A Brazilian military aircraft flew young 350 penguins to Pelotas, in south Brazil. Onlookers cheered as the young Magellanic penguins were set free on a beach in southern Brazil and scampered into the ocean, said the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Over the last few months, thousand Magellanic penguins, have seemingly gone vacationing on Brazil’s warm north-east shores. All penguins,were sent to an animal rehabilitation centre in Salvador, north-east Brazil until the center felt they were healthy enough to travel home again. Then all boarded a military jet to be flown 2,500km (1,550 miles) south to be release on the beach.

These rehabilitated young birds were sent swimming with a group of adult penguins that had been rescued after being caught in an oil slick. the hope is the older birds will be able to guide the young ones home south to the Patagonia.

Magellanic penguins breed in large colonies in southern Argentina and Chile, and migrate north as far as south-west Brazil between March and September.

Environmentalists have said it is not known why the penguins were stranded so far north, but suggest they could have been carried beyond their usual range by a flow of warm water.

Penguins P-P-Picked Up In Brazil -SkyNews

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/oct/07/climatechange

Image: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/oct/07/climatechange

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