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NSRI rescues oiled penguin at Jeffreys Bay beach

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
NSRI rescues oiled penguin at Jeffreys Bay beach

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Jeffreys Bay rescued an oiled penguin after it received a call from the SA Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds SANCCOB) on Wednesday afternoon. It was not immediately clear how and where the penguin had got oiled.

"They had received a call from two joggers about the penguin on a beach approximately 3km outside of Jeffreys Bay in the direction of the Gamtoos River Mouth," described Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander.

"We dispatched our NSRI 4x4 rescue vehicle and found the penguin 4km from Kabeljous and after numerous attempts trying to capture the penguin we were successful in capturing the penguin, a juvenile, and it was transported to Jeffreys Bay and handed to the local SANCCOB representative in Jeffreys Bay and they will assess, feed, clean and rehabilitate the penguin.

"The little penguin is in very good condition and it is believed that the penguin will make a full recovery and be able to be released back into the wild."

Picture: NSRI Jeffreys Bay.