Penguins return home to New Orleans
Published: May 23, 2006 | 4219th good news item since 2003
Rescued from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, 19 African black-footed penguins have arrived back to their New Orleans home in style.
Accompanied by two sea otter friends, the animals were welcomed at New Orleans airport by a brass band before being whisked back to the Audobon Nature Institute.
The creatures had been staying at an aquarium in California since September after being rescued from Hurricane Katrina.
Ron Forman, Chief Executive Officer of Audobon Nature Institute, said: “This is a historical day for the city of New Orleans.
“We were hit with the worst natural disaster in the country, our city has been shut down for almost nine months, the city is coming back.”