It’s difficult to comprehend how there are still people in the world that think animals don’t have feelings. Now that we have the internet, it’s not hard to find story after story about animals, wild or not, showing humans their gratitude and love. Here at Animals Being Cute, we love stories like that.
Take the story we are about to tell you, for example. It is proof positive that animals need our love. This time, it’s a wild Blue Penguin, and his tale will touch your heart. Warning, graphic images below.
Luckily there are people like Sabrina Luecht in the world. In September 2017, Sabrina opened a rescue center called the Kaikoura Wildlife Rescue in New Zealand. She is a wildlife biologist, and she opened the center so that she could help endangered species when they are hurt — and she does it all for free.
Recently, because of La Nina conditions, a lot of young seabirds find themselves in trouble. Sabrina cares for Shags, Hutton, Shearwaters, Seagulls, Petrels, different species of owls, Kereru, and Blue Penguins like the little guy in this story.
When rescuers found the little Blue Penguin on the beach, he was not doing well. The poor guy had been stuck in a fisherman’s net and cut his head pretty bad trying to escape. He was also completely exhausted by his ordeal.
Sabrina knew exactly what to do for the little guy, though. He spent six days under her care. In that time, he received medications, antibiotics, fluids to rehydrate, a special diet, and plenty of rest. Before long, the Blue Penguin was looking much better.
Sabrina knew that it was time for the little guy to go back where he belongs — the ocean.
Sabrina took the Blue Penguin back to the spot where they found. She laid him gently down on the sand and stood back to watch him leave.
Except, the penguin didn’t leave. It sure seemed like he was going to. He sure started toward the edge of the water with his wings flapping all over the place.
Then, though, the little guy stopped short all of a sudden, much like we do when we have forgotten something. In a very deliberate move, he turned around and looked back at Sabrina.
The penguin stood there and looked at Sabrina pointedly. We are confident that he is saying, “thank you for saving my life.” Then, with the flap of his wings and the slap of his tiny feet, he wiggled and splashed back into the ocean.
Watch the entire video below.
Release of a rehabilitated injured blue penguin adult (not a baby!!) back to where it originated from. The penguin had sustained a significant head wound from freeing itself from plastic netting. Pain relief, antibiotics, vitamins, rehydration, feeding and rest ensured a successful return to the wild. Video: Ben Foster
Posted by Kaikōura Wildlife Rescue on Sunday, January 1, 2017
Thank you, Sabrina, for all the wonderful work that you do.
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