Happy Feet Jnr dies without any help from Gareth Morgan

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The royal penguin found critically unwell on the Wairarapa coast has died overnight.

The juvenile penguin, who was found at Tora on the southern Wairarapa coastline on Sunday had been cared for at The Nest at Wellington Zoo since Monday afternoon.

He was suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and kidney failure after coming ashore to moult while severely underweight.  

Veterinary Science manager Lisa Argilla said the zoo did everything they could to give him the best chance of survival.

“As the penguin arrived nearly 3kg underweight it had absolutely no reserves, and subsequently we suspect that this lead to multiple organ failure, following the kidney failure diagnosed on its arrival,” she said.

Yeah, but where was Gareth Morgan this time?  He poured big bucks into Happy Feet, why not Happy Feet Jnr?  This is what he offered to do last time:

Multimillionaire philanthropist Gareth Morgan is coming to the rescue of Happy Feet, the stranded and desperately ill penguin.

Morgan said that if Happy Feet survives, he would take it back to Antarctica on a Russian icebreaker.

The Kiwisaver provider is leading an expedition to the Ross Sea on the Spirit of Enderby in February and said Happy Feet and a Conservation Department minder could come along for the ride.

Happy Feet was welcome to jump ship if it met other emperor penguins along the way, Morgan said.

The emperor penguin, which has captured New Zealand hearts, was last night at Wellington Zoo recovering from dual operations to remove sand from its oesophagus and stomach.

I wonder what he’s got against penguin rescue  now?

Why did he let this native bird die?

The shame!


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