Little Penguin
Photo Credit: SANCCOB

Penguin AP447 has become the “little penguin that could”, overcoming the odds and surviving some pretty tough stuff; this is her story.


South Africa (24 November 2023) – AP447 was rescued from Stony Point Nature Reserve in the Western Cape. She came to SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) on the 18th of July with a serious abdominal injury which had tragically, severed her breast muscle.

The team shared her long-winded battle back to strength, showcasing how resilient African Penguins are, in a recent newsletter.

“She has endured several surgical procedures on her chest, battled with inflamed tonsils, bumblefoot and most recently, has made it through the arduous process of moulting.

At the start of her SANCCOB journey, our Veterinarian and rehabilitation staff weren’t positive about her prognosis. Within a few days however, it became evident that this penguin was a force to be reckoned with, and that she would “not go gently into that good night”.

AP447’s recovery plan included multiple surgeries, specially crafted medicinal smoothies and countless hours of physiotherapy. Blood tests and frequent progress evaluations were carried out by an awed veterinary and rehabilitation team.

This penguin is the epitome of bravery and courage, and she embodies an inconceivable will to survive.
Whilst she continues to make progress, she still has a way to go before she can be released.

Resilience in fact, seems to be a common trait among African penguins. Given the opportunity to fight and survive, they will!

SANCCOB is only able to present this incredible species with this opportunity through the donations given to us by individuals.”

AP447 is one of many penguins recovering at the facility. In the lead-up to the festive season, the team is working to raise funds to continue their work. If you would like to support AP447’s healing journey, or that of any of her friends, you can help AP447 by donating here.

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