Featherless Baby Penguin Abandoned By Parents (Pictures)

First Posted: 21/09/11 14:15   Updated: 21/09/11 17:25

A featherless baby penguin that was rejected by its parents and left on the icy ground to die has been nursed back to health by keepers.

Abused and ignored by its parents soon after it was born on 17th August, keepers at LHT Pole Aquarium in China's Liaoning Province decided that its bald body was due to a lack of nutrients and an inability to digest food properly.

Rallying together, the aquarium set up a round-the-clock penguin support group to hand feed the baby penguin back to health. After a month, the chick flourished and even grew feathers.

Looking more like a penguin ‘should’, the baby was welcomed back to his family.

Spokeswoman Wang Dan said: "In the beginning we tried to send it back to its parents, hoping they would still take care of it and help it grow stronger, but they neglected it and even kicked it out. We then decided to feed it by ourselves".

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Stressed and ill, the featherless baby penguin hangs its head

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