SANCCOB often receives appeals from caring individuals offering to knit jerseys for our oiled penguins. While we truly appreciate the goodwill of the public in offering their assistance, as an international recognised oiled wildlife responder which adheres to global protocols, we are unable to take up these kind offers. Contrary to popular belief, these little “jumpers” do little to help the oiled birds and can actually be detrimental to a penguin when undergoing rehabilitation.
On 20 March 2014, SANCCOB came to the rescue of nine Red-knobbed Coots and two Egyptian Geese which were found oiled in the Langvlei Pond in Retreat by the City of Cape Town’s City Parks Management. The birds were oiled with a mixture of, what appeared to be, used motor oil and hydraulic fluid.