Small blue penguins stolen after thieves used the lever to break a nest
Picture of a small penguin.
(Brent Tandy, DOC)
Thieves in New Zealand have stolen two small blue penguins after using a lever to force their openings. A third penguin was killed in the attack, according to officials.
The little blue penguin, or kororā, in the local Maori language, is the smallest kind of penguin. Negle birds, which are only about 1
2 inches tall, are located on the New Zealand coast. Their conservation status is described as "decreasing" by the Ministry of Conservation.
In a statement, DOC said the attack on the penguin holes in Perfume Point in Napier on the North Island of New Zealand was late on January 24th.
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Picture of the Little Blue Penguins. (F.C. Kinsky, DOC)
Three penguins were taken out of the nest, one of which died during the attack and was left behind.
Wrapped in towels, the two living penguins were taken from the group that pushed them off the perfume point in white
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concerned, because we think this is not a one-time, "Hansen said in the statement. "We have no idea where these birds are going and we are looking for footage from the neighborhood and we hope the public can come up with more information."
File photo of a little blue penguin in the Rove, Chatham Islands. (Department of Conservation, DOC)
A dead penguin was found on January 25, floating nearby. The bird, which appears to be the third penguin taken from the nest, died of head injury
DKO employees work with other government agencies in New Zealand in an attempt to trace the thieves. Several people have already been interviewed, according to Hansen.  "GYNE PINGUINS" TO IMPROVE FIRST CHIC; EARLY PASTRY EGGS IN AUARIUM SIDEN
Officials note that the little penguin is the most common penguin on the New Zealand coastline. The scientific name of the birds is "Eudyptula", which translates as "a good little diver".
File photo of small penguin tracks. (Becs Gibson, DOC)
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The little penguins are also found on the southern coast of Australia, where they sometimes call them "fairy penguins."
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