We had the pleasure of meeting Tootsie, a juvenile Magellanic penguin, during her recent visit to our hospital. Tootsie was born at the San Francisco Zoo in 2013. Unfortunately, she’s been feeling a bit under the weather, so she came to our hospital for a CT scan to help the Zoo veterinary team fine-tune her treatment.
Working alongside Zoo veterinarian Dr. Adrian Mutlow and Zoo vet tech Sarah Pattison, SFVS techs Nina, Tija and Sonja assisted with the CT scan.
Tootsie is a very friendly girl, and she did quite well in her outing to SFVS.
We look forward to seeing Tootsie when her juvenile plumage has fallen out and she looks more like her adult friends! (See photos of adult Magellanic penguins and learn more about these special birds here: www.sfzoo.org/magellanicpenguin.)
The doctors and staff at SFVS very much appreciate the opportunity to work with the San Francisco Zoo’s excellent veterinary team and animals when needed.
The San Francisco Zoo maintains the largest and most successful breeding colony of Magellanic penguins in captivity, having fledged approximately 205 chicks since 1985, and participating in a nationally coordinated Population Management Plan (sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums).