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Mel Young unloads a yellow eyed penguin which was flown from Palmerston North to Dunedin today...
Mel Young unloads a yellow eyed penguin which was flown from Palmerston North to Dunedin today after being treated by Massey University vets for a shark bite. Photo by Craig Baxter.
An Otago Peninsula yellow-eyed penguin attacked by a shark at the end of January is welcomed home to Dunedin by Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger Mel Young yesterday, while Willis Ratahi, of Air New Zealand, looks on.

The penguin has spent several weeks at Massey University's wildlife centre, where it was treated for multiple lacerations, including a deep gash to one leg.

Ms Young thanked Air New Zealand for flying the penguin home, and looking after it on the way, assisting with a flight change at Christchurch.

The penguin would take another month to fully recover, at Penguin Place on Otago Peninsula, before being released to the wild. The adult bird's gender is unknown.

 

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