Cold weather kills more than 500 penguins in South Africa
The chicks were covered only with down feathers and succumbed to the cold, wet weather that hit Bird Island.
Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM
DECLINING: The park's penguin population is already dwindling with only 700 breeding pairs left in the area. (Photo: Schalk van Zuydam/AP)
Cold winter weather in South Africa's Eastern Cape region has killed nearly 500 African penguins in the last 24 hours, the national parks agency said Tuesday.
"The chicks, aged between a few weeks old and about two months old and covered only with down feathers, succumbed to the cold and wet weather which has hit Bird Island," national parks spokeswoman Megan Taplin told Sapa news agency.
According to the park's agency, the penguin population is already dwindling with only 700 breeding pairs left in the area.
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