A blue penguin has been rescued after wandering from the Oamaru foreshore into the local Z Energy service station.

The visit was a surprise. “We don’t usually get penguins wandering onto our forecourt,” Z retailer Jonathan Usher said.

Volunteers from the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony were called in and returned the little penguin to the wild.

“It was great to see first-hand the team from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony in action to rescue, feed and return it back into the wild safely,” Usher said.

“We’ve been aware of the work the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony do in the community as some of our staff have taken time out to volunteer with the organisation in the past.”

Following the friendly visitor being rescued, Z had made a $2500 donation to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony organisation, to support their efforts to keep the penguins safe.

The donation is going to be used for research and monitoring equipment, such as scales, microchips and predator traps.

Z said its annual Good in the Hood initiative had also recently provided $5000 for other Oamaru groups.


Extracted in full from: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/133563079/little-blue-penguin-rescued-after-wandering-into-a-service-station