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Naked Penguins, cause for concern

April 11, 2011

Penguin chicks arent growing their feathers, which for some has proved fatal. Scientist believe this is a new disorder of unknown origin.

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Magellanic chick

Without their feathers they will become victims of the extreme environments in which they live. Scientists have found suffers of feather loss disorder in African and Argentinian penguin colonies, they state,” So far the possible culprits include pathogens, thyroid problems, nutrient imbalances, or genetic disorders. African and Magellanic penguins are close relatives. On both continents, the scientists have found that chicks with feather-loss disorder grow more slowly than their downy counterparts. Eventually, the chicks that survive grow new feathers”.

Points of interest

  • The penguins of Punta Tombo great little video of more penguins in need
  • The Magellanic penguin was named after explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who spotted the birds in 1520.
  • Magellanic penguins can dive more than 250 feet beneath the water’s surface.
  • Magellanic penguins are monogamous. WCS knows of one penguin pair that stayed together for 16 years.

 

Wildlife Conservation Society. “‘Naked’ penguins baffle experts.” ScienceDaily 9 Apr. 2011. Web. 11 Apr. 2011

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