Pi News –
Sorry little friend – penguins are not meant to fly.
Earlier this month, a corora, also known as a little penguin, was rescued after stumbling onto the runway at New Zealand’s Wellington International Airport.
“Found on the landing: a very unusual little guest!” The airport wrote on Tuesday, sharing photos of the small, blue bird on social media.
According to the airport, passengers and crew members “waited patiently” as they helped the penguin off the runway, where temperatures reached 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 ) was. The hot ground may have contributed to what airport wildlife officer Jack Howarth described as the penguin’s “low-key mood.”
No one was sure how long the 6-week-old bird had been “homeless in the sun,” so he opted to take the newborn to the animal hospital at Wellington Zoo.
Both the airport and the zoo have since shared news about the corora, with the airport saying “he’s feisty” and has a “great appetite.”
According to the zoo, the penguin was “starving and underweight” when it arrived at the animal hospital. This was soon remedied by a “Weight Gain Diet with LOTS of Delicious Fish”.
The penguin doesn’t stay long at the zoo.
“Once their feathers are waterproof, Korora will be ready to be released back into the wild,” the zoo said.
As for how the flightless bird ended up on the runway in the first place, the zoo said the penguins have nests in nearby Lyall Bay and “it’s possible this baby got lost on the way home.” kidded.
In turn, the airport promised to carry out a “penguin check” to prevent similar incidents in the future.