Little Penguin released from care after falling from the sky at Walkers Beach, Gerroa

Little Penguin released from care after falling from the sky at Walkers Beach, Gerroa

Friday, October 25, 2019

Image credit: Jana Schader, WIRES

A Little Penguin has had a lucky escape after falling from the sky at Walkers Beach, Gerroa, near Kiama on the NSW south coast.

The adult female Little Penguin, also known as a Fairy Penguin, came into WIRES’ care after the incident and was successfully released on Thursday, October 25.

Shocked beachgoers initially called WIRES for help on Saturday afternoon, October 19, explaining a small penguin had dropped in front of them as they made their way through bushland towards Walkers Beach.

The Little Penguin is believed to have been dropped by a hungry bird of prey.

Experienced WIRES avian and raptor carer Jana Schader attended the rescue, taking the injured penguin into care.

“Her body condition was perfect except a small puncture wound on the left leg,” explained Jana.

“The puncture wasn’t very deep, so I suspect a bird of prey, probably a White-bellied Sea Eagle, tried to grip her and she slipped out of its grasp once in the air.”

Jana had the Little Penguin in her care for six nights, administering pain relief and antibiotics for five days, under the guidance of Australian Seabird Rescue.

“After a few days I could tell she was ready to go,” said Jana.

“She came into care limping but after three days she was running around and I could tell she just wanted to go.”

The lucky Little Penguin was released at sunrise at Port Kembla Beach on Thursday, October 25.

“The release went perfectly, and she ran right to the ocean.” said Jana.

The release site was chosen with advice from Seabird Rescue, due to the presence of a colony of Little Penguins at Five Islands Reserve, just off the coast, where the Little Penguin most likely came from originally.


WIRES is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation. WIRES has been rescuing and caring for sick, injured and orphaned native animals for over 35 years with a mission to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. WIRES’ Wildlife Rescue Office answers calls from the community 24/7, 365 days a year, providing rescue advice and assistance for over 130,000 animals annually. Connecting wildlife to real-time assistance, WIRES full-time mobile Wildlife Ambulances operate across New South Wales, South-East Queensland and Tasmania, and WIRES had over 3,500 volunteers assisting with wildlife rescue and care in NSW. WIRES is supporting thousands of wildlife carers across Australia through a diverse range of national programs. WIRES also collaborates nationally with strategic partners to support the long-term recovery of wildlife habitat and the long-term preservation of native species in the wild.

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WIRES Media Officer: John Grant | 0416 272 153 | [email protected]

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