Sunday, April 15, 2012

The boy and the egg

Earlier this month, a blond, curly-haired boy estmated to be 7 or 8 years old was watching the Humboldt penguins at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle (video here). When he spotted an untended egg on an outdoor ledge, he politely brought it to the attention of a zookeeper. The egg had been abandoned, so it was taken indoors and put in the custody of a pair of foster parents under whose care it hatched on April 5th. Zookeeper Celine Pardo explains that the young visitor had disappeared when she went back outside to thank him. “We are so grateful to this little boy for helping us save this precious bird. If a crow or seagull had scooped up the egg, it would have been a goner." Zoo officials have appealed to the media for help in identifying the youngster, who will be thanked with a behind-the-scenes tour, an introduction to the chick, and naming rights!

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