Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Exmoor Zoo staff left heartbroken after all 10 penguins die

By North Devon Journal | Posted: September 26, 2016 
Exmoor Zoo staff have been left heartbroken after all its penguins died.

The zoo reported today that all 10 of the birds had died from a quick and devastating outbreak of avian malaria.

There have been penguins at the zoo, near Bratton Fleming, since it opened in 1982, and some of the birds that died today are children of the original birds.

Danny Reynolds, living collection manager at the zoo, said that despite the best efforts of vets and staff – some of whom had hand-reared the birds from birth – the outbreak could not be halted.

He added: "Exmoor Zoo has always had penguins on display and we are very carefully considering whether we should try and exhibit them again."


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