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Costly birds – More than 20,000 saved

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Saving penguins is not only vastly expensive, but time-consuming as well, according to the figures released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

As of August 16, more than 11,000 volunteers had spent the equivalent of 39,614 days rescuing and rehabilitating the 20,000 penguins that were caught in a massive oil spill after the June 23 sinking of the MV Treasure off of the coast of South Africa.

The fund estimates its costs for the penguin rescue at over $500,000.  The South African National Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, which has been managing the penguin crisis in partnership with the fund, estimates that the penguin rescue has set it back nearly $2 million.

Those figures provide “exact testimony to why the world simply cannot afford to allow oil spills – however big or small – to continue to happen,” said Sara Scarth, the fund’s Country Director for South Africa.

For the full story, go to Northern Light.

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