It appears that not only cats kill cute ¬†little birds…and Gareth Morgan isn’t the only one to kill penguins:
A little blue penguin has died after being¬† picked up and handled by members of the public.
Department of Conservation Motueka¬† biodiversity manager Bruce Vander Lee said DOC received reports on Tuesday of a penguin¬† being¬† seen under a bush at Little Kaiteriteri near a pipe which he thought it may have been using as a burrow.
‚Äė‚ÄėAt that point someone decided it needed help and moved it.‚Äô‚Äô
DOC Motuka¬† then received a chain of phone calls about the penguin being handled.¬†
The¬† area office staff told callers¬† that the bird should be left alone and placed back under the bush.
‚Äė‚ÄėThat evidently happened but not much later we had a call from a lady who said she had checked on the penguin and it looked very ill.
‚Äė‚ÄėShe was there when it died.‚Äô‚Äô
Mr Vander Lee said the¬† penguin was checked over by wildlife vet Mana Stratton, who found it was an adult bird just coming out of its moult.