Penguin rescued from dogs | News24
A penguin was rescued from a dog attack in Masiphumelele on Friday March 11. PHOTO: provided
A penguin, who mysteriously ended up in the informal Masiphumelele encampment, was rescued on Friday, March 11, after sustaining superficial injuries in a dog attack.
In a statement, Tears Animal Rescue said it received a call from a woman who rescued a penguin from dogs in Masiphumelele.
“This morning Tears Animal Rescue Operations Manager Mandy Store received a phone call from a lady who had just rescued a penguin from dogs in Masiphumelele Township.
“Mandy headed straight for Masi to pick up the penguin that had been attacked by the woman’s two dogs. She picked up the penguin to pull it out of the dogs in shock, unsure how a penguin had entered her yard.
The penguin was then taken to the Fourways Vet Clinic where Dr. Patti Foster examined him for injuries and later named him Petey.
“Tears collected Petey from the Fourways vet and rushed him to Sanccob (South African Coastal Bird Conservation Foundation) where Petey was examined and further assessed.
“Petey had superficial leg injuries from the dog attacks and he was slightly underweight but nothing too serious,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the Caring Company praised one of its staff members for saving the penguin.
“Caring comes in all shapes and sizes, we like to think we’ve seen it all and done it all. But yesterday was a first when one of our carers rescued a very lost penguin attacked by dogs in Masiphumelele.
“Michell rescued the poor little tyke and brought him back to his yard while we called for help.”
Sanccob’s clinical veterinarian determined that Petey was absent from his colony for two or more days and was generally healthy and not emaciated.
“Tears Animal Rescue and Sanccob condemn the action of removing this wild animal from its colony.
“It is extremely concerning that a penguin has been found in Masi, and an investigation is needed,” the statement continued.
The penguin will stay in Sanccob for at least a month to recuperate.
“He is currently in the intensive care unit and will move to their rehabilitation center as soon as they are satisfied with his progress.”