Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cold kills over 500 penguins in S.Africa


Cold kills over 500 penguins in S.Africa
JOHANNESBURG — Cold winter weather in South Africa's Eastern Cape region has killed nearly 500 African penguins in the last 24 hours, the national parks agency said Tuesday.
"The chicks, aged between a few weeks old and about two months old and covered only with down feathers, succumbed to the cold and wet weather which has hit Bird Island," national parks spokeswoman Megan Taplin told Sapa news agency.
According to the parks agency, the penguin population is already dwindling with only 700 breeding pairs left in the area.


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