‘Little blue penguin Taranaki’ was reunited with her rescuer at Port Taranaki.
“It’s awesome to see her again! When I got the phone call this morning to come back down and be a part of her release there was no way I was turning that down,” said Ayla Adlam.
“To see her where she is meant to be is just awesome. Everyone’s efforts and time has all paid off.
“She is really cute and quite chubby now.”
Ayla spotted the little blue penguin as she neared the boat ramp after a day of fishing with her partner and another friend on January 6.
“As we were coming back into the boat ramp I noticed a little penguin just kind of swimming around in circles just looking distressed and really close to the boats.
“My partner suggested that we ring DOC as I was a little bit upset about seeing an injured penguin out there.”
Ayla got out her smart phone, googled DOC’s website and gave them a call. Her call was answered by Gemma Green who located the penguin and organised for her to be sent to Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital in Palmerston North.