dozens of penguins mysteriously killed by

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South Africa is home to the largest population of Cappings, a bird that lives along the west coast of southern Africa. But dozens of them were victims of a mysterious attack; 63 of these protected, endangered birds were found dead last Friday on Boulders Beach, south of Cape Town. According to initial analyzes, they appear to have been attacked by a swarm of bees. A very rare event.

as reported from Johannesburg, Claire Bargelès

The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) has performed autopsies on these mysteriously deceased Capping Wines and is awaiting toxicological results. But their vet is already paving the way for a bee attack to explain the killing of these sixty birds. Many stings were found on their bodies and dead bees were found on the beach.

Unknown, according to various interviewed experts, who believe that there is very little risk that such an event will happen again. But according to them, it is a tragedy, while these African penguins, small black and white birds that do not exceed 70 cm and can not fly, are endangered. Today, there are only about 14,000 pairs of Capping Wines registered in the world. Almost three quarters of their South African population has disappeared in the last thirty years, and the species, threatened by climate change and overfishing, could become completely extinct by 2035 if nothing is done to protect them.

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