The penguin that escaped three months ago from a Tokyo sea park and was recaptured last week suffers from conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, apparently due to the polluted waters of Tokyo Bay where he had lately been living.
The Humboldt penguin was captured on Thursday. The next day, he was diagnosed by a veterinarian as having conjunctivitis, so he was placed in a room separate from the rest of the penguins, said an official of the aquarium.
The penguin will be shown to the world after recovering.
“At first its eyes seemed to be swelling a bit, but now it’s recuperating as we’ve been giving it eye-drops every day,” said the official of the aquarium. “I don’t know the exact reason for its eye disease, but in this aquarium the sea water pumped up for penguins is filtered and disinfected,” he added.
The one-year-old penguin escaped from an enclosure where it lived with 134 other penguins of the same kind. It apparently escalated a sheer rock twice its size.