A group of African penguins who were rescued back in October when their parents had to abandon them were released into the waters around Robben Island, Africa. The baby penguins were abandoned when their parents began to lose their feathers earlier than usual. During the molting process, the penguins’ skin is not waterproof, and so it cannot swim, fish or feed its chicks. Kudos to the staff who took the chicks in and nurtured them while they grew big enough to be set back into the wild.
…most at first huddled nervously together in the frigid waters. One even tried to jump back into the cardboard box in which it had been carried to the island. But they rapidly grew used to freedom and swam off.