Discovery, rehabilitation, and post-release monitoring of a vagrant emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri)
|Title||Discovery, rehabilitation, and post-release monitoring of a vagrant emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri)|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Miskelly, CM, Simpson, PM, Argilla, LS, Cockrem, JF|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||Aptenodytes forsteri, emperor penguin, Happy Feet, New Zealand, post-release monitoring, rehabilitation, satellite tag, vagrant|
We report on the discovery, care, release, and post-release monitoring of the 2nd vagrant emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) recorded from New Zealand. An immature male emperor penguin came ashore at Peka Peka Beach (40° 50’ S) 56 km north-east of Wellington on 20 Jun 2011. Its condition deteriorated over the following 4 days, and it was taken into care at Wellington Zoo on 24 Jun. Following 72 days of rehabilitation, the bird was released at sea at 51° 42’ S, 78 km north of subantarctic Campbell I, on 4 Sep 2011. He was tracked, via satellite transmitter, moving south-east for 113 km until 9 Sep, after which no further signals were received. The arrival, care and release of this penguin attracted unprecedented levels of public and media interest for a vagrant bird to New Zealand.