“No pennies in Penguin Point, please!” That’s the message from keepers and veterinary staff at Point Defiance Zoo, after Luna the penguin ingested a penny and became ill.
In late May, keepers noticed Luna couldn’t keep her food down. After a call to the Zoo’s veterinarians, x-rays were taken and the results showed two coins, one penny and one dime, in Luna’s stomach.
“We were able to retrieve the coins, but Luna’s stomach was still irritated,” said Veterinarian Dr. Kadie Anderson.
Pennies may contain a high level of zinc, a toxic metal.
“Thankfully, Luna’s toxicology report came back normal,” said Dr. Anderson. “But this could’ve turned out far worse. We need everyone’s help to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
Thanks to the incredible care from the veterinary team and the close attention from keepers, Luna is once again healthy and back with the other penguins in Penguin Point.
We ask that you don’t toss coins or objects into Penguin Point, or any of the animals’ exhibits. Please help us keep all of the animals safe and healthy.