Hello friends and family
I started the week by dropping a backpack of weed spray at the Moeraki colony. As I walked past the main landing, I was surprized to see a juvenile Yellow-eyed penguin waiting for me to save it. I reassured it that I would be back and finished the spraying first.
My surprize was compounded when I realised that she was not one of our penguins – in fact she came from the Otago peninsula. She had an odd patch on her back, consistent with a dog bite and tested positive for Malaria. She is making good progress.
On Tuesday Robbie, Jan and I did the rounds. We picked up another juvenile and Mrs 10. Mrs 10 had been released before her positive Malaria test came back so it is great to find her alive. She now tests negative so her Malaria must be in remission. We released 4 penguins at the Moeraki colony so we then had 3.
On Thursday Robbie Jan and I braved the wintry conditions. We constructed another 50 tree protectors and did the rounds, all the while battered by a cold wind. It had died down a little by Friday, but I blobbed anyway.
On Saturday I picked up 2 of our recent releases and Elaine came out and we did the bloods on them both. Both have been treated for Malaria but still have it in the blood. They will be treated with another Malaria drug, and let’s hope this one does the trick. Now we have 5 penguins in care!
Have a great week!