Pair of penguins kill two adults and two chicks in the German zoo

Penguins embark on murderous predator: pair of birds kill two adults and two chicks in the German zoo after their own egg didn't hatch and is taken away by the staff

  • The staff of the Dresden Zoo was delighted when three couples began to sit on eggs
  • Two pairs have hatched two eggs each, but the egg from the third pair has not fertilized
  • Animal crew then removed the nest and the rotten egg, which made the penguins furious
  • The furious couple attacked the other pairs and killed two adults and two chicks

A few penguins started a riot in a German zoo, killing parents and chicks after the caretakers had taken their own rotten egg.

The drama, which, according to botanists, is unprecedented, took place at the Dresden Zoo in the capital of the East German state of Saxony on 21 May.

The staff were initially happy to hear that three Penguin pairs were sitting on eggs, with the promise of baby penguins in the near future.

Two of the Humboldt penguin pairs have successfully hatched two eggs and started to raise the four chicks.

When the staff of the zoo in Dresden removed a penguin egg that was not fertilized, the furious couple attacked the other penguins in the fence and killed two adults and two chicks (pictured: the chicks that were killed)

When the staff of the zoo in Dresden removed a penguin egg that was not fertilized, the furious couple attacked the other penguins in the fence and killed two adults and two chicks (pictured: the chicks that were killed)

But the egg belonging to the third pair never hatched, and when it became clear that the egg had gone off, both the nest and the egg were removed.

But the decision made the potential parents angry and when the caretakers left, they attacked another couple who had successfully hatched two chicks, expelled them from their nest, and killed the two baby penguins.

Both chicks were well developed until that time, with a weight of 300 grams and the other with a weight of 500 grams.

Only four days later the two penguins struck again; this time attacking the other parents of the two remaining chicks.

Four days after the first attack, the two angry penguins struck again and killed the parents of the remaining chicks (photo: two penguin chicks who are now orphans)

Four days after the first attack, the two angry penguins struck again and killed the parents of the remaining chicks (photo: two penguin chicks who are now orphans)

Four days after the first attack, the two angry penguins struck again and killed the parents of the remaining chicks (photo: two penguin chicks who are now orphans)

The zoo did not comment on why they had decided to leave the killer penguins with the remaining parents.

This time the two penguin parents, both older birds, tried to defend the boy and apparently died of the brutal attack by fellow penguins.

Their sacrifice, however, kept the killer penguins away from the boy long enough to intervene, and both babies & orphans, now orphans, have been saved.

But the tragedy means that they must now be lifted by hand. They currently weigh just over a kilo and are expected to survive and already eat fish.

The penguin enclosure at the Dresden zoo, where staff are shocked by the infertile couple killing the other penguins in the colony

The penguin enclosure at the Dresden zoo, where staff are shocked by the infertile couple killing the other penguins in the colony

The penguin enclosure at the Dresden zoo, where staff are shocked by the infertile couple killing the other penguins in the colony

Zoo boss Karl Heinz Ukena defended the decision to remove the egg from the killer penguins at the time and said: “The fertilization of the egg had not worked.

& # 39; Only a long time after the egg was supposed to hatch, we finally decided to move it, because it had clearly disappeared and posed a health risk to the penguins. & # 39;

He added that killing the other penguins in the colony by the infertile couple had come as a complete shock.

He said: & # 39; Employees who have had decades of experience dealing with penguins are absolutely shocked because they have never heard of such a thing happening.

The zoo staff decided not to separate the pair of killer penguins that killed penguins when the zoo staff removed their rotten egg (photo: penguins in their stay at the Dresden zoo)

The zoo staff decided not to separate the pair of killer penguins that killed penguins when the zoo staff removed their rotten egg (photo: penguins in their stay at the Dresden zoo)

The zoo staff decided not to separate the pair of killer penguins that killed penguins when the zoo staff removed their rotten egg (photo: penguins in their stay at the Dresden zoo)

& # 39; In addition, nothing has been recorded in the wild to indicate that penguins behave in this way. & # 39;

The zoo added that eggs that do not hatch will not be confiscated in the future, but instead are kept longer or replaced by an artificial egg of the same size and color.

The loss is a double tragedy because Humboldt penguins are an endangered species that is listed as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Due to the loss of habitat and climate change, there are only around 32,000 adults in the world.

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