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Little Penguins, Audrey and Clover
Little Penguins, Audrey and Clover

They arrived at Taronga Wildlife Hospital separately, but two Little Penguins are preparing to return to the wild together this week.

The duo, who hospital staff have christened ‘Audrey’ and ‘Clover’, have formed quite a bond while being nursed back to health.

Audrey was brought to the wildlife hospital by the Native Animal Trust Fund in early February, after being found with her right leg badly tangled in fishing line near the Hunter region.

“It’s been a long road to recovery for Audrey. She was lying down and unable to stand for a full week and a half in our intensive care unit,” said Taronga Wildlife Hospital Manager, Libby Hall.

Treated with antibiotics, Audrey was soon back on her feet and able to swim in the hospital’s rehabilitation pool, where she met new pal Clover.

Named after Clovelly, where she was found molting and very thin, Clover was also brought to the wildlife hospital in February, receiving treatment for malnourishment.

The two Little Penguins have returned to full health and are expected to be released together into the waters near Sydney’s Northern Beaches this week.

Although once fairly common in the Sydney area, Little Penguin numbers have diminished through a combination of reasons including coastal development, pollution, the presence of more people and attacks by domestic pets.

Libby said people could help Little Penguins, like Audrey and Clover, by keeping dogs on leashes at beaches, not leaving fishing rubbish behind and protecting plants and trees along the shore.

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