Nearly 400 Magellanic penguins were rescued this week when a search for food left them hundreds of miles from their regular feeding ground in Brazil. Animal activists loaded the birds onto a C-130 Hercules military plane, and shipped the penguins to Brazil’s southern coast.
Magellanic penguins are warm-weather birds living in southern Argentina and Chile. They dine on anchovy, moving north between March and September to follow their favorite meal. Changes in current and water temperatures confused these young birds, though, and they ended up too far north on the beaches of Salvador, Brazil.
Upon return to their regular home, the penguins were cheered by onlookers as they marched back into the sea.