|Yellow-eyed penguin at Penguin Place.|
Photo by Andy Griffiths. Some rights reserved.
After spending an initial fortnight with Department of Conservation Owaka ranger Cheryl Pullar, the underweight birds were kept at Penguin Place hospital on the Otago Peninsula until they put on enough weight to help ensure their survival in the wild. They are now four months old and weigh up to 5.5kg.
Glen Reily of Penguin Place told Otago Daily Times that some penguins were struggling to find enough food for their chicks, possibly because of the La Nina weather pattern.
It has been a busy summer for the hospital, with up to 50 injured or underweight birds staying at a time.
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