Recently, a little blue penguin was found wandering alone on a beach in New Zealand. The poor bird couldn’t tell people around to respect his space. So, some generous people conveyed his message in a creative way.
As reported by stuff.co.nz, Jeff Mein Smith told he was passing by a stretch of coast on his bike in Christchurch when he noticed the tiny bird standing alone in the sand. But he was not the only one—a crowd had gathered around the penguins and some of them were failing to keep their dogs away.
Smith discovered later, while returning, that a couple had planted a cardboard placard near the penguin to keep people (or their pets) away from him.
The sign read: “Hi, I’m waiting for my mum to come back. [New Zealand’s Department of Conservation] knows I’m here. Please leave me alone. *Keep your dog away. Thanks, Billy the baby blue penguin.”
An endangered baby blue penguin named Billy has been visiting Moncks Bay, near Sumner in Christchurch. 🐧The adorable…
The penguin, too, stayed close to the signboard—and it was adorable!
Billy might have been waiting for his mother but the wildlife officials thought that he would be too old to be depending on his mother at his age of 2 years old. So, the very next day, they arrived to give a helping hand to the bird.
Apparently, the bird indeed needed help.
Billy weighed only 550 grams when he should have been weighing around 900 grams to be healthy. However, he was being taken care of by his new caretakers at the Christchurch Penguin Rehabilitation. They were giving him plenty of food so he could gain back his health.
In the next few weeks, hopefully, Billy will become healthy and strong enough to be released back to his natural habitat.
Little blue penguins are a protected species in New Zealand and also the smallest penguins on Earth. The Department of Conservation encourages people to maintain their distance and not allow their pets near these birds to keep them safe.
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