The Calgary Zoo’s remaining Humboldt penguins seem to be okay.

The Calgary Zoo’s remaining Humboldt penguins seem to be okay.
Photo Credit: Brooks Decilia/CBC

Seven penguins drowned at Calgary Zoo

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The Calgary Zoo in western Canada is launching a full investigation into the deaths of seven of its 22 Humboldt penguins.

“It was very surprising for us to find this group of birds dead,” the zoo’s animal care director Jamie Dorgan told CBC.

“Our penguin keeper went up to the building this morning to do her normal routine and unfortunately found one penguin deceased in the pool and was quite shocked to see that multiple penguins were dead in the pool.”

Some stressor may have caused panic, says director

Zoo veterinary staff conducted necropsies on the penguins and found that they had drowned. Penguins are marine animals and can spend very long times at sea.  It would take something very unusual to happen for them to drown. “It seems to be some stressor led to these birds going into some kind of panic … but it’s hard to say what could have triggered that,” said Dorgan.

The surviving Humboldts are not showing any signs of stress, but will not be allowed into the pool at night.

The Calgary Zoo has had several animal deaths over past years.

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One comment on “Seven penguins drowned at Calgary Zoo
  1. Mr 350 says:

    Really…REALLY?

    Lock a wild bird in a cage that is used to swimming free in the open ocean…

    It does not take a genius to realize they committed suicide via self induced drowning, due to the fact that accidental drowning even for 1 penguin is practically an impossibility.

    Call it what you will, wonder all you want…that’s what happened.

    You can all feel guilty now for exploiting wild animals for entertainment purposes. Poor birds.