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49 Penguins Freed After New Zealand Oil Spill

By Rebecca Leber  

"49 Penguins Freed After New Zealand Oil Spill"

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Since a cargo ship leaked 350 tons of oil in New Zealand — marking the nation’s “most significant environmental maritime disaster” — more than 2,000 seabirds have died. In some good news, the New Zealand wildlife facility has now freed 49 of the 343 rescued penguins. People first responded to the disaster by knitting tiny sweaters that would keep the penguins warm and protected, and we can expect more penguins, sans the sweaters, to be freed shortly.

Update

Watch this footage of the freed penguins waddling back into the ocean:

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