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Child penguin identified washed up in Perth ‘likely died of starvation’

Posted December 06, 2015 13:13:46

A juvenile penguin identified dead in Perth’s Cockburn Sound almost certainly died from starvation, according to the WA Division of Parks and Wildlife.

A member of the public discovered the dead penguin at Naval Base’s Challenger Beach on Friday and reported it to authorities.

Thousands of dead fish have washed up in the area in current weeks but authorities have however to establish what triggered the deaths.

DPAW officers took the penguin to Perth Zoo exactly where employees performed an autopsy.

Senior wildlife officer Rick Dawson stated preliminary benefits indicated the penguin’s death was a all-natural occurrence.

“It is probably a normal event, a single of the young [penguins] that is fledged from the Penguin Island area or Garden Island and hasn’t been in a position to make it, and as a outcome starved,” he stated.

“However it really is been dead for a fair couple of days so even though it looked in tact on the outdoors, it was really very decaying inside.”

“The chances of us getting meaningful benefits from the inside of the penguin, as a result of what it may possibly have eaten, are really remote.”

Photos of the penguin have been shared widely on social media.

The penguin weighed 550 grams, which is about half the typical weight of one particular kilo for a bird of its age.

Mr Dawson mentioned it was widespread for juvenile penguins and other wildlife such as pelicans not to survive their first year.

“Those that have the capabilities to be in a position to hunt and survive in the wild do and these that never unfortunately perish,” he stated.

Mr Dawson stated no adults penguins had washed up dead in the region.

The Department of Fisheries is continuing to investigate what triggered the fish kill but said tests to date pointed to an, as yet, unknown natural occasion.

The public is nevertheless being encouraged to report anything uncommon to authorities.

Subjects: animals, environment, cockburn-5440

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Toddler who died with antidepressants in blood had further injuries

Posted December 02, 2015 20:14:51

Jordan Thompson Photo: Jordan Thompson died with antidepressants in his blood when he was 21-months-old. (ABC News)

A toddler who died soon after ingesting a strong antidepressant also had injuries that had been not typical for a young child, a coronial inquest has heard.

Jordan Thompson was 21-months-old when he died in the unit of his mother’s companion in Singleton in the New South Wales Hunter region in 2005.

A video of Cecil Kennedy, who was caring for the boy when he died, re-enacting the scene when he identified the kid unresponsive, face-down in the bath was played at the Glebe Coroner’s Court on Wednesday.

In the recording Mr Kennedy mentioned he performed CPR and told a police officer: “His eyes have been funny. He wasn’t totally alert.

“But he was alive when I was carrying out it.”

Jordan’s mother Bernice Swales was one particular of a quantity of loved ones members in court for the very first day of a three-day coronial hearing in Sydney.

Bernice Swales Photo: Jordan Thompson’s mother Bernice Swales leaves Glebe Coroner’s Court. (ABC News)

Chris McGorey, the counsel assisting the Deputy Coroner, Magistrate Elaine Truscott, told the inquest that the boy was being looked following by Ms Swales’ companion Mr Kennedy even though she was out purchasing.

The court heard that when she arrived home, she scooped the youngster in her arms and ran to the nearby hospital exactly where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy discovered traces of amitriptyline which is used in antidepressant drugs.

In his address to the court Chris McGorey said traces of the drug had also been discovered in the boy’s vomit from when he had been sick earlier in the day.

Three weeks later a packet of antidepressants containing amitriptylin was identified in Mr Kennedy’s wardrobe.

The court heard it was impossible to tell regardless of whether that was what killed the boy — in spite of higher levels of he substance being detected in his blood.

The inquest heard Mr Kennedy has previously denied administrating the drug to Jordan.

Professor Olaf Drummer, a forensic pharmacologist from Monash University, stated the drug was recognized to improve in concentration in the blood following death.

“It can go up many fold,” Professor Drummer stated.

“It could have been 1 tablet. It could have been far more tablets.

“Due to the fact you cannot know what the concentration was at the time of death, any estimation as to the dose the child was given could be very misleading.”

Bruising not the ‘normal knocks of a toddler’

The inquest also heard Jordan had deep internal bruising that may possibly have been the result of a blunt force injury.

Professor Timothy Lyons, from the School of Medicine at the University of Newcastle, mentioned the boy had an unusual pattern of bruises that he did not believe would “relate to the regular knocks and falls of a toddler”.

He mentioned he could not rule out drowning, and had other issues as well.

“I wouldn’t routinely anticipate to see blood in the anal opening of a kid of this age,” Professor Lyons stated.

Final month, police in the Hunter area presented a $ 100,000 reward for info about Jordan’s death.

The Deputy Coroner mentioned she was hopeful that technological advances in the final decade would unlock essential proof.

Ms Truscott told Jordan’s parents and extended family members she was of the view there was a final piece of proof to be located.

The inquest will resume on Friday.

Topics: law-crime-and-justice, crime, murder-and-manslaughter, courts-and-trials, singleton-2330, nsw, australia

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