During their annual migration as they traveled thousands of miles from Brazil, 141 Magellan penguins were discovered coated with oil off Argentina’s southern Patagonian coast.
Although some were 80% covered with oil, and 11 that sadly had succumbed to poisoning from the contamination, the remaining birds are being cleaned and cared for by rescue workers at an emergency clinic in Chubut province,to prepare them for their release back into nature.
Although officials have not found the oil’s source, Chubut provincial Governor Mario Das Neves pledged to locate those responsible. Magellan penguins, which reside exclusively in South America, are considered a threatened species, primarily because of oil spills as well as climate change, which is causing them to have to travel farther for food.
Although it saddens us to know of those who perished, we are thankful for the lifesaving efforts of the Argentine rescue personnel and for Governor Mario Das Neves’ concern. As we realize more and more the precious gifts bestowed through these creations of the Divine, may we all strive to ensure the safety of their lives and homes as we would our own.
During a July 2008 videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan), Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the effects of humanity’s actions with regard to other beings, highlighting our need to preserve the balance of all life.