Billy is a little blue penguin who is looking for his mama. Billy lives in New Zealand.
The tiny 2-month-old flightless penguin was spotting wandering around a beach in Christchurch, just searching for his mother.
Thankfully there were some kind humans who were looking out for Billy while she was away.
Jeff Mein Smith said he noticed Billy standing in the sand while he was riding his bike by a stretch of the coast.
It wasn’t long before a crowd had formed to observe the little blue penguin.
Smith went home to grab his camera. When he returned he found that someone had left a sign advising people how to appropriately act around the penguin.
“Apparently some people let their dogs chase it initially,” Smith told Stuff.co.nz.
The sign basically asked people to leave him the heck alone.
I’m waiting for my mum to come back. D.O.C. [New Zealand Department of Conservation] knows I’m here. Please leave me alone.
*Keep your dog away.
Billy the baby blue penguin <3”
“It’s unusual for a blue penguin to be out in the open on the beach during the day. Normally they are at sea or in burrows during the day,” D.O.C. senior ranger Anita Spencer said. “[Billy] will be taken to the Christchurch penguin rehabilitation center, where it will be assessed and cared for.”
Spencer said she was pleased to see that people were looking out for the local wildlife.
Especially blue penguins.
Blue penguins, also known as kororā, are considered to be an at-risk species. They are native to New Zealand and are the world’s smallest penguins.
They grow to be more only 25 centimeters or 9.8 inches long and weigh about 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds
Blue penguins are rarely seen on land and if they are they usually only come on shore when its dark out.
They do come ashore to molt in November and March for about two weeks when they are especially vulnerable because they can’t swim. It is expected that Billy will grow stronger at the penguin sanctuary and eventually be released back into the wild.
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