Washed-up penguin's no lightweight

A happily plump Munro the penguin tipped the scales at 3.3kg ahead of his summer moulting this week at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. When the fiordland crested penguin was found in 2006, he was badly malnourished after having swum an epic 2,000km
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A happily plump Munro the penguin tipped the scales at 3.3kg ahead of his summer moulting this week at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.

When the fiordland crested penguin was found in 2006, he was badly malnourished after having swum an epic 2,000km across sub-Antarctic waters before washing up near Norah Heads in New South Wales.

Penguins do not swim or hunt during the moulting process and must therefore pile on some weight.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2015, with the headline 'Washed-up penguin's no lightweight'. Print Edition | Subscribe