A survivor, Alfreda, the Rock-hopper
Alfreda is a Northern rockhopper penguin and was found at Rufane’s River in Port Alfred on 17 January 2018. She was a juvenile at the time and had just started her first moult. Alfreda’s species originates from Gough Island and the Tristan da Cunha group of islands, which are over 3,000km from Port Elizabeth so she was a long way from home. It’s likely that Afreda was picked up by a fishing boat and kept on board but then put overboard once South African waters were reached.
SANCCOB Port Elizabeth was called upon to receive her and she was diagnosed with a chest infection so the best way forward was to have her rehabilitated at SANCCOB’s Cape Town centre.
A drive would just be too long and stressful for Alfreda and all that followed was one request to BidAir Cargo PetLounge and a few days later, she was safe and sound at SANCCOB’s Table View Centre in Cape Town. Alfreda is still in Cape Town because of the risk that she may have picked up pathogens that her colony has not been exposed to and therefore cannot fight off. SANCCOB shared, “It’s because of supporters like BidAir Cargo PetLounge that SANCCOB is able to continue its conservation efforts and strive toward ending seabird extinction in southern Africa.
Thank you from the SANCCOB team!”