Predator kills four Spreewelten penguins. Hunter and veterinarian take a fox attack.
It must have been the pure horror of the animal community, something she had to experience outside of the Spreeweltenbad in the night from Sunday to Monday. A hungry predator entered the so peaceful realm of the 22 cute Humboldt penguins and ravaged terribly. Marketing Director Steven Schwerdtner found the four victims of the attack early in the morning on a guided tour. Three of them had ugly bite marks, a fourth penguin apparently died of panic. Hunter and veterinarian, immediately introduced by the Spreewelten, are certain: this was a fox or an animal of comparable size.
"We have taken additional security measures", says Schwerdtner. " Another wild-electric fence was drawn. & # 39; An employee performs more patrols at night. The animals may leave their closed stay for the time being only during the day. At least until the robber is killed. The Spreewelten want to request a special permit for the launch. A live trap has been set up. "Everything is ready," says the marketing director, "so that bitter loss is no longer possible." In the ten years that swimmers in Lübbenau can now swim with penguins, there has never been a robbery attack,
Why did that happen now? This is a question that everyone in the Spreewelten, of course, says, Schwerdtner says. According to hunters, foxes and other predators currently have major problems with their offspring. However, the fact that the bath is currently a construction site has not favored the predator attack from Schwerdtner's perspective. The bathroom will be renovated by the end of October and more than twice as large as outdoors. The persistent heat has caused a delay in the interior. The opening announced before the end of September had to be postponed. What enough headaches and big financial losses caused by a lack of income at the Spreewelten. Now that.
Daisy, Flocke, Kitty Dab and Papageno were always welcome friends for many visitors. The Spreewelten rely on this proximity of guest and penguin. This is an important part of the marketing concept and has also significantly influenced the expansion planning. In larger outdoor pools with curved acrylic glass walls and panoramic windows, humans and animals are close enough to touch each other. There are godparents who can complete bathing with individual penguins.
Especially Flocke, says Steven Schwerdtner, has done important public relations work for the Spreewelten. He was the most tame of all Luebbenauer penguins, because he had to be raised by hand because of an inherited postural damage. "Our inclusion penguin," says Schwerdtner. Flocke could oracle without problems football results at European Championships and World Championships. In a rehash recently he first tried out the new outdoor pool. He really listened to the caregivers, accompanied them and always led the way. It is clear, so Schwerdtner, that now especially the two keepers Sabine Steindamm and Laura Schäfer are heartbroken. When the vet has released them, they bury Flocke and the other three themselves.