Monterey Bay Aquarium penguin given terminal diagnosis

The Monterey Bay Aquarium announced that one of their newest puffins has a terminal heart issue. Pfeiffer hatched on May 24, 2022 and was the most recent addition to their penguin colony. On Monday, the aquarium reported that the bird has a congenital heart defect that can’t be repaired. “Veterinary medical experts at UC Davis found a hole in Pfeiffer’s heart when our Veterinary team – who had been closely monitoring the chick and were concerned about Pfeiffer’s overall health – sent the bird there for an in-depth exam,” wrote the aquarium. Pfeiffer will be returned to the colony and will still be viewable by the general public until it is no longer healthy enough. “Because of Pfeiffer’s heart condition, our aviculture and veterinary teams will be extra attentive to the bird’s overall health. They’ll be watching for subtle signs that something is amiss so they can intervene with treatment to help Pfeiffer remain active and comfortable for as long as possible. That’s our number one priority for every animal under our care,” reported the aquarium.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium announced that one of their newest puffins has a terminal heart issue.

Pfeiffer hatched on May 24, 2022 and was the most recent addition to their penguin colony. On Monday, the aquarium reported that the bird has a congenital heart defect that can’t be repaired.

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“Veterinary medical experts at UC Davis found a hole in Pfeiffer’s heart when our Veterinary team – who had been closely monitoring the chick and were concerned about Pfeiffer’s overall health – sent the bird there for an in-depth exam,” wrote the aquarium.

Pfeiffer will be returned to the colony and will still be viewable by the general public until it is no longer healthy enough.

“Because of Pfeiffer’s heart condition, our aviculture and veterinary teams will be extra attentive to the bird’s overall health. They’ll be watching for subtle signs that something is amiss so they can intervene with treatment to help Pfeiffer remain active and comfortable for as long as possible. That’s our number one priority for every animal under our care,” reported the aquarium.

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