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Cute baby penguin story


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That IS a cute story!!

I sure hope the baby makes but sounds like all is going well!

Many thanks for posting, Snipes...

Shi
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Thank God for serrogate moms. I'll keep my fingers crossed for this one, but it sounds like he is going to do just fine.



"What did you do with our egg?"

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What a wonderful story. I hope he continues to thrive.
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Tis a cute story.
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Thanks for the link, Snipes!

It will be interesting to see if the baby penguin turns out normal (hopefully), and that the only reason or parental rejection of the egg was lack of association with it. Since the egg was still viable, why did they abandon it? Are penguins so large that they do not detect activity in the egg the way pigeons and chickens supposedly do? (I have read that chicks inside the egg peep, and thus interact with the hen).

I've noticed a decrease in the local pigeon population (in my immediate neighborhood). I'm not sure if it is due to raptors, or if my inventory methods are faulty (I have moved, so my observations have changed a bit -- time of day for observation, different viewing points, and so on).

One pigeon rescue of mine, Bronzi, has disappeared a while back. She had a large lump near her left beak, under the eye, for a couple of weeks. Tried to catch her, but was unsuccessful. Didn't try too hard, because I couldn't do much for her suspected pox.

Earlier i the spring I could count 19 pigeons at one roosting site, a church window. Now I see only three to five pigeons there, my adult male rescue Wieteke being one of them. I know some are nesting, but one noticeable and highly-favored nesting site is abandoned.

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Sure hope it's not a disease or predator problem, Larry!

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Sure hope it's not a disease or predator problem, Larry!

So do I, Shi!

Sometimes I have false alarms. Hope this is one of them.

There are some natural fluctuations in populations, and I hope any here have not been caused by human intervention.

I saw a female pigeon a few weeks ago with early PMV (ParaMyxoVirus) symptoms, and I though of my earlier (summer 2006) rescue of PMV pigeon Mr. Fifty, who recovered from PMV and was seen by my wife a year later, in summer 2007.

If I hadn't rescued him, would it have perhaps broken one of the links in the chain of PMV transmission to other pigeons?

Would it have helped to pass on a milder version of the PMV strain, since he did survive (unlike many PMV pigeons in Great Britain, who succumb despite intensive rescue efforts)?

My rescue and aid efforts may have unintended and unforeseeable results. I may never know precisely the effects of some of my actions. So, observation and collation of facts can only help, in the long run.

Larry

(By the way, Shi, I have a new phone and internet service provider, with some unpredicted deleterious results, so I won't be phning you until I get my old number back, and some cheaper phone rates. May take a month or so). But, it was nice talking to you, for the first time, a short while back.

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