8 thoughts on “Magellanic penguins’ mysterious disease

  1. Minister suspends use of tear gas

    Chile: Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter announced today that the government had suspended the use of tear gar by police to disperse protests.

    The decision was made after police fired tear gas into crowds of people in Concepcion protesting against a proposed dam in Patagonia, injuring one protester in the eye.

    Mr Hinzpeter said the government was awaiting medical reports that could “clarify beyond any doubts” the safety of using tear gas in situations of “public disorder or vandalism.”



  2. Thousands Run to Save Penguins


    At the WCS Run for the Wild in April, some 6,500 runners and walkers raised money to support WCS’s work to save Magellanic penguins and other imperiled wildlife around the globe. The event was a “wild” success, with participants raising more than $350,000!

    Penguins need all the help they can get. These tuxedoed birds are too often struggling to survive due to pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Recently they’ve also been plagued by a mysterious feather-loss syndrome that leaves chicks without their insulating coats for several weeks, decreasing their chances to grow into healthy adults.

    But WCS researcher Dee Boersma is happy to report that the penguins of Punta Tombo, Argentina – the world’s largest colony of Magellanics – are out to sea until early September. And because the region experienced a warm spell earlier this year, many of the featherless chicks managed to survive, eventually growing in their juvenile plumes before leaving shore.


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