Watch This Blind Rescue Penguin Learn How To Swim

If it’s a common myth that mother birds will drop their young chicks from their nests to teach them to fly, then what would you do with a flightless bird?

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Blindy is a 12-week-old blue penguin, who was born blind.  H is head is shaped differently from most blue penguins and he has a crooked beak.  Blindy also doesn’t swim very well.

Blindy’s caretaker, Shireen Helps, said he’s getting better. A recent video shows Helps tossing Blindy into open water to help him practice his swimming.

 

It may look like her methods are sink or swim, however, Helps reports that Blindy is a much more confident swimmer than he was before.

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Helps and her husband own and operate Pohatu Penguins in Flea Bay, New Zealand.  They have  rehabilitated wildlife for over 30 years.

 

There are over 2,500 penguins that live in Flea Bay. In a time when penguin populations in the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica are being threatened by a changing climate and conflict with humans, those numbers are a relatively good sign.

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