A young rockhopper was rescued in the Eastern Cape and brought to Cape Town where she was welcomed with open arms at the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Cape Town, South Africa – The Two Oceans Aquarium just welcomed a happy little rockhopper penguin to their colony. The young penguin was rescued in the Eastern Cape and sent to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB).
Staff at the aquarium went to go pick up their new member of the family and on their return, as they got closer to the aquarium the little lady couldn’t contain her excitement and bounced in the back of the car. She had the staff in fits of giggles.
“An adorable new Capetonian is spending her first weekend at the Aquarium. She was rescued in the Eastern Cape, near East London and we’ve been working with SANCCOB saves seabirds to nurse her back to health. She is very young and doesn’t have the yellow crests of an adult rockhopper yet – we estimate she is less than a year old.
We don’t know where she’s from, unfortunately, and due to her prolonged exposure to pathogens in our coastal waters, we cannot return her to the wild. So let’s make her feel like part of the Cape Town family!”
As the young rockhopper settles in, the aquarium will share more of her story along with updates about her recovery and soon, her name.
Take a look at her reaction below.