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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Featherless penguin back with parents

A featherless penguin abandoned by its parents just days after its birth has been accepted back into the family.

The succsessful re-introduction of the little penguin was thanks to the efforts of keepers at LHT Pole Aquarium in China's Liaoning Province.

The little penguin was born on 17 August and was ill treated by its parents in the first few days after its birth.

A keeper said: "Its parents kicked it out from time to time, or even left it on the icy ground to let it die".

Keepers at the aquarium decided that the baby penguin's lack of feathers and weak condition was due to difficulties digesting food and absorbing nutrition.

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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