8:00pm Thursday, October 21 2010
About The ProgramA punishing heatwave hits the island, bushfires are raging around the state and penguins are collapsing from heat, hunger and exhaustion. Narrated by Rolf Harris, Penguin Island continues.
The penguin study group finds many heat-stressed penguins and, as the animal hospital fills with overheated wildlife, rangers work to rehydrate and cool the penguins in a battle to save their lives.
With food in short supply, the colony’s penguin chicks are struggling to build the body weight they require to head out to sea and, with a staggering 80 per cent destined to die in their first year, the stakes are high in the fight for survival.
A volunteer arrives with an overheated penguin chick, underweight and close to death, wildlife carer Marg Healy steps in to keep him alive.
With his younger brother dead and his parents gone for good, little Sammy must survive ‘Black Saturday’ to brave the world alone, taking his first tenuous steps towards independence and a life beyond the breaking surf.