Injured Penguin Treated With Manuka Honey

An endangered yellow-eyed penguin had a severe leg injury three weeks ago after being bitten by a barracuda. A few days ago he has been released to his nest on Penguin beach on Otago Peninsula.

The survival of adult breeding yellow-eyed penguins is very important so luckily the treatment at nearby penguin hospital at Penguin Place worked well.

The wound was treated with manuka honey cream and the penguin was kept in a small pen to give it time to heal.

Because other penguins treated with heavy doses of antibiotics had problems with their new feathers coming through during moulting, staff had delayed the dose for this penguin, instead letting the antibacterial properties of the honey do the work.

"It's healed really well. It's amazing.

"You can barely tell."

Read the whole article on Otago Daily Times.