Bees kill 63 endangered penguins in South Africa
The 63 penguins have been discovered useless on Friday at a colony in Simonstown, close to Cape City, in line with an announcement from South African Nationwide Parks (SANParks).
“The deaths occurred all of the sudden a while between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning,” and consultants began investigating the reason for demise, the assertion mentioned.
“The post-mortems revealed that each one the penguins had a number of bee stings, and plenty of useless bees have been discovered on the website the place the birds had died,” it added.
The preliminary investigation instructed the penguins died after being stung by Cape honey bees, SANParks mentioned, however samples have been nonetheless being examined to rule out different doable causes.
Alison Kock, a SANParks marine biologist, thanked the group’s companions, together with the Southern African Basis for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and the Metropolis of Cape City, for his or her help in investigating the “uncommon occasion.”
“No extra useless African penguins have been discovered on website at present, and we are going to proceed to watch the state of affairs,” Kock mentioned within the assertion.
On Sunday, veterinarian David Roberts from SANCCOB advised the AFP information company that bee stings had been discovered across the penguins’ eyes.
“It is a very uncommon incidence. We don’t anticipate it to occur usually, it is a fluke,” Roberts advised AFP.
African penguins are native to the coasts of South Africa and Namibia.
They’re among the many smaller penguin species, identified for his or her irregular markings and loud voices.
The species can also be in sharp decline, from a inhabitants of greater than one million in the beginning of the twentieth century to only 55,000 in 2010 — after they have been declared endangered.