Little blue penguins rescued after 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake

Baby penguin Aftershock is finally safe and sound after last month's earthquake. Photo / Facebook
Baby penguin Aftershock is finally safe and sound after last month's earthquake. Photo / Facebook

A second flightless earthquake refugee has been welcomed to Picton's EcoWorld Aquarium and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

In keeping with the seismological theme, the baby blue penguin has been named Aftershock.

Aftershock will join her fellow little blue penguin Little Tremor, who was found wandering on a track in the Sounds the day after the Kaikoura quake.

Two tourists from Holland found Little Tremor and took him to the Picton Veterinary Clinic.

He is thought to have been abandoned by his parents.

Two tourists from Holland found Little Tremor and took him to the Picton Veterinary Clinic. Photo / Facebook
Two tourists from Holland found Little Tremor and took him to the Picton Veterinary Clinic. Photo / Facebook

The baby penguins will live at EcoWorld for the next few months before being released into the wild in Queen Charlotte Sound.

Little Tremor is about five weeks away from learning to swim and will be released when he can fend for himself.

"When Little Tremor was first brought in he was tick-free and in need of a good meal," EcoWorld's Hannah Harland said.

"He's been feeding well and is gaining weight. He is a lot more confident during feeding times now and can be quite demanding and vocal when he's after his fishy meal!"

- NZ Herald

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