Seattle zoo searches for young visitor who helped save rejected penguin egg
POSTED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 8:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo is crediting a young visitor with helping save a rejected penguin egg while he was visiting the zoo.
Now zoo officials want to find the boy so they can thank him.
The following is a news release from the Woodland Park Zoo.
'Two Humboldt penguins that hatched last week at Woodland Park Zoo represented the first chicks of the zoo�s penguin breeding season. However, if not for the sharp eyes of a little boy, the second egg might have perished.
The zoo hopes to find this little hero to properly thank him for his keen observation and help in rescuing the egg. If anyone knows this mystery boy, please contact the zoo by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 3 while the first egg was hatching, the young boy, while enjoying the penguin exhibit, alerted the keeper that he could see an egg on a cliff in the exhibit. The keeper, Celine Pardo, immediately followed the boy's instructions and scooped up the egg. The egg was rushed indoors and relocated under a pair of foster parents; it hatched on April 5.
By the time Pardo rescued the egg and returned to the exhibit to personally thank the boy, he had already left the exhibit. The boy is described as 7 or 8 years old with blonde, curly hair; he was wearing a white t-shirt and was extremely polite.
"We are so grateful to this little boy for helping us save this precious bird. If a crow or seagull had scooped up the egg, it would have been a goner," said Pardo. "We'd like to find him and extend an invitation to go behind the scenes to meet the chick and help name it. This story of this chick shows how visitors of all ages can help support the care of animals at the zoo and, in this case, help save an endangered animal."
The two chicks hatched to 4 year old mother Sardinia and 9 year old father Groucho and currently weigh between 9 and 11 oz.
They just emerged in the public spotlight yesterday after the press was invited behind the scenes for a weigh in and health assessment.
The chicks will remain off exhibit until mid-summer.
Their gender has not been determined.