PHOTOS: New Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific


Magellanic penguins in their temporary home at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif. on April 8, 2011. The five rescued animals arrived at the aquarium on Thursday. The Magellanic penguins were found stranded off a beach in Brazil and are believed to be yearlings. “When these penguins stranded in Rio, they were frail and emaciated after such a long swim up the Atlantic coast of South America. We’re happy to be able to provide a home and medical care for these unreleasable animals,” said Dudly Wigdahl, the aquarium’s curator of marine mammals and birds. The new penguins will be cared for by the aviculturist (bird biologist) team and veterinary staff in the aquarium’s behind-the-scenes holding area. The penguins are scheduled to be moved to the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat in the summer of 2012. See more photos>>