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Wednesday February 16, 2011

California Zoo Adopts 21 Brazilian Penguins

California Zoo Adopts 21 Brazilian Penguins

Photo: Penguins travel From Brazil to their new home in California

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A group of 21 Magellanic penguins that were swept last year onto Brazilian beaches, have been sent to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where a chilly environment was built specially for them.

Every year, Magellanic penguins breed in the gelid waters off the coasts of Chile and Argentina, but the strong currents of the Strait of Magellan send them for a spin off to the Brazilian coasts, where the heat combined with swimming such long distances is very tough on the birds.Image

Most of them don’t make it,” said Giselda Candiotto, president of the rehabilitation zoo in Niteroi, Brazil, adding that some penguins that make it to Brazil are so tired, they can barely lift their heads.

The penguins arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday. They’ll be in quarantine for about a month, before being moved to their new home, where they’ll be a part of an exhibit on climate change.