Paralyzed Penguin Learns How To Walk Again Thanks To Stroke Survivor

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Here is a heartwarming story of a paralyzed African penguin discovered on a beach in Buffels Bay, South Africa. The penguin was quickly brought to The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) who thinks the bird’s injuries may have been from head or spine trauma which left the penguin paralyzed.

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 5.29.19 PMEric Stewart, who lives in St. Francis Bay where the bird was taken, heard about the tragic story of the paralyzed penguin and came to the rescue. Eric also had to learn how to walk again after suffering a stroke a few years ago, and thought of a brilliant idea to build a miniature walking frame for the penguin.

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 5.29.06 PM“I got tears in my eyes when I saw the penguin for the first time and I wanted to do something to help,” said Eric.

 Eric’s brilliant idea worked and the walking frame was helping to strengthen the penguin’s muscles. It took the penguin a couple of months, as well as swimming lessons three times a day, to make a full recovery. The miracle penguin can now waddle without assistance.

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 5.29.46 PMThe penguin has made the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) near Eric’s home his permanent residence.

Please click here to make a Donation to SANCCOB.

Photo Credit & Source: SANCCOB, News 24

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