Torpedo by Derek Pettersson
- Bella the penguin was found with a wound caused by fishing line in November
- She underwent surgery at Taronga Wildlife Hospital
- Her soulmate Lucky has been waiting for her under Manly Wharf
- Staff at Taronga Zoo call for harbour users to help keep the penguins safe
It’s probably not the first love story that has been set under the wharf in Manly, but the story of penguins Bella and Lucky is a beauty. Bella was found with a nasty foot wound caused by fishing line in November, in her usual haunt beneath Manly Wharf. She was taken to Taronga Wildlife Hospital, where she had surgery and stitches, and has spent the last month in recovery at the hospital’s intensive care unit and at Taronga’s rehabilitation pool.
Ms Treichler, who with a seabird expert spent two days catching Bella after she was injured, said the feeling of letting her go was incredible. “It was as though I was being released into freedom myself,” she said. The staff from Taronga Zoo gave the penguins some privacy to reunite, but wanted to emphasise that injuries like Bella’s could be avoided.
Libby Hall, who manages the Taronga hospital said that Bella couldn’t walk or swim when she arrived injured and was also underweight. She said that more awareness around rubbish disposal could have prevented her wounds, which were “consistent with fishing line injuries”. Sydney Harbour National Park ranger Melanie Tyas called on harbour users to keep the penguins in mind over summer.