Uitwerpselen, toiletpapier en ondergoed gevonden in het blauwe pinguïnreservaat in Lower Huttfebruari 19, 2020
Matthew Tso18:45, Feb 18 2020
Two adult little blue penguins and a chick are recovering well in Picton after they were fished out of a drain.
Rogue defecators are fouling a Wellington penguin sanctuary leaving behind excrement, toilet paper and dirty undies.
Penguin specialist Mike Rumble discovered the Days Bay Little Blue Penguin Reserve in Lower Hutt had become a makeshift toilet this week.
Signs, a padlock and spiked fence top were no deterrent.
He said the desperation of people had no bounds when nature called.
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He was disappointed people had so little regard for nature.
“It just disturbs me that people are coming in and using the haven for purposes that have no relationship with what it was designed for.”
Mess had been left within centimetres of the nesting boxes of which there were 20 at the site.
Rumble first noticed toilet paper in the reserve a few days ago but found more on Tuesday.
He believed the reserve may have been used by fishers who cast off the nearby rocks. The scrub-covered spot where much of the toilet paper was found offered discretion and shelter appreciated by both penguins and the caught-short culprits.
It was lucky breeding season, which finished around December, was over however the nest boxes were still occasionally used by the birds for shelter, Rumble said.
Little blue penguins are the world’s smallest penguin species. The population is declining and the birds are classed as at risk by the Department of Conservation.
The reserve was established in 1997 and is administered by the Hutt City Council.
The council could not be reached for comment.