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No More Happy Feet . . .

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400 penguins, mostly baby birds have been found dead on the tropical beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

The cause for this anomaly has rescue workers debating.

According to Eduardo Pimenta, superintendent for the state coastal protection and environment agency in the city of Cabo Frio:

“While it is common here to find some penguins—both dead and alive—swept by strong ocean currents from the Strait of Magellan, there has been more this year than any time in recent history.”

Thaigo Muniz, a veterinarian at the Neteroi Zoo, believes that overfishing has force the penguins to migrate further from shore to find fish to eat, making them more vulnerable to the strong ocean currents.

“Niteroi, the biggest zoo, already has received about 100 penguins for treatment this year,” said Mr. Muniz, “and many more are drenched in petroleum.”

Muniz went on to add that he hasn’t seen penguins suffering from other pollutants, but he pointed out the dead penguins are not brought in to receive treatment.

Mr. Pimenta however strongly suggested that the real culprit in the penguins’ death is pollution, citing information he received from biologist working closely with him.

“Aside from the oil in the Campos basin, the pollution is lowering the animals’ immunity, leaving them vulnerable to funguses and bacteria that attack their lungs,” Pimenta said.

And still another theory has been proffered:

Biologist Erli Costa of Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University intimated that the weather patterns could be the true source of the problem.

“I don’t think the levels of pollution are high enough to affect the birds so quickly. I think instead we’re seeing more young and sick penguins because of global warming, which affects ocean currents and creates more cyclones, making the seas rougher,” Costa said.

Costa concluded that an overwhelming number of dead penguins are fledglings that have just left the nest and are unable to out-swim the strong ocean currents that engulf them as they search for food.

No matter what theory these rescue workers purport . . . one thing is abundantly clear:

Overfishing, petroleum pollution, and weather pattern changes [attributed to global warming] are all conditions created by man.

Perhaps in a quest to find food, Penguins are on the march, and if man is not careful, he will find that his uncaring attitude in maintaining natures’ delicate balance . . . has forced the penguins into a march of extinction.

Bradley Booth/Freelance Commercial Writer/Author



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