It’s hard to imagine a silver lining coming out of a story about an oil spill, but if there ever were one, it would be
The Great Penguin Rescue. Ten years before the disastrous BP oil spill still plaguing the Gulf Coast, another massive spill off the coast of South Africa put the local population of 75,000 penguins – 41 percent of the world’s penguin population – at serious risk. Without missing a beat, animal expert Dyan deNapoli (understandably known more often as “the Penguin lady”) jumped into action, eventually gathering a team of 1,250 volunteers who individually scrubbed the oil from and nursed back to life nearly all the 40,000 affected birds in what became the world’s biggest ever animal rescue. For those still hoping for a
March of the Penguins sequel this is the perfect, adorable solution, as well as another stark reminder of the dangers of environmental irresponsibility.
The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, A Devastating Oil Spill, and the Inspiring Story of the World’s Largest Animal Rescue comes out on Tuesday, October 26.