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Who says penguins can’t fly? 誰說企鵝不會飛?

In this photo released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, penguins are released by environmentalists at Cassino Beach, Brazil, on Oct.4, 2008. 


More than 370 penguins that mysteriously washed up on Brazil’s beaches were flown south by plane, back to the frigid waters they call home, environmentalists said last week.

Onlookers in southern Brazil cheered as the young penguins entered the ocean and quickly swam away. The penguin release was the largest ever in South America.

The penguins were among nearly 1,000 that have washed up on Brazil’s northeastern coast in recent months. About 20 percent of the penguins died and the rest were not healthy enough to send back.

The penguins, which had been kept at an animal rehabilitation center in the northeastern city of Salvador, were flown on an air force plane to southern Brazil and released into the ocean.

Experts hope a small group of older penguins released along with the young ones will help guide them south to Patagonia.

The penguins were fitted with bands on their flippers to determine the success of the rehabilitation.

Environmentalists say it is not known why the penguins were stranded so far north, but suggest they could have been carried beyond their usual range by a flow of warm water. (AP)










Penguins don’t have any land predators, which may explain why they are usually unafraid of humans.


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