Mystery Hero Boy Rescues Penguin Egg at Seattle Zoo

04/17/2012

Celine and chick dennis dowSeattle's Woodland Park Zoo wants to learn the identity of a young boy who helped save a rejected penguin egg while he was visiting the zoo - as they would like to thank this good samaritan for his quick thinking.

According to the Woodland Park Zoo, the two Humboldt penguins that hatched last week at Woodland Park Zoo represented the first chicks of the zoo's penguin breeding season. However, if not for the sharp eyes of a little boy, the second egg might not have survived.

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The zoo is hoping to find this little hero to properly thank him for his keen observation and quick action in helping to rescue the egg and is asking that if anyone knows this mystery boy,  that they contact the zoo by emailing: woodlandparkzoopr@zoo.org

The boy is described as 7 or 8 years old with blonde, curly hair; he was wearing a white t-shirt and was extremely polite.

Egg on the Edge

According to the Woodland Park Zoo, on April 3, while the first egg was hatching, the young boy alerted the keeper that he could see an egg perched precariously on a cliff in the exhibit. The keeper, Celine Pardo, followed the boy's instructions and promptly scooped up the egg. The egg was rushed indoors and relocated under a pair of foster parents; it hatched on April 5.

[ Photo: Penguin keeper Celine Pardo, holds one of the new penguin chicks. Photo by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo ]

"We are so grateful to this little boy for helping us save this precious bird. If a crow or seagull had scooped up the egg, it would have been a goner," said Pardo.  "We'd like to find him and extend an invitation to go behind the scenes to meet the chick and help name it. This story of this chick shows how visitors of all ages can help support the care of animals at the zoo and, in this case, help save an endangered animal."

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Humboldt penguins are an endangered species, with only an estimated 12,000 surviving in the wild.


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