Penguins Caught in Oil Spill Saved by “Commando” Veterinarians
"The emergency team made it Rio Gallegos quickly and was able to provide emergency treatment to 224 Magellanic penguins."
- Valeria Ruoppolo, 'commando vet' organizer
Cabo Virgenes Nature Reserve, Argentina - First dozens, then hundreds of Magellanic penguins started to wash ashore at Argentina's Cabo Virgenes Nature Reserve in Patagonia in early May.
Within hours, the So Paolo veterinarian mobilized volunteers in Argentina, Chile, and her native Brazil, ready to fly to the remote disaster scene.