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1 December 2009 Gastrointestinal Obstruction in Penguin Chicks
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A 7-day-old gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) was found dead and postmortem examination revealed impaction of the ventriculus with feathers. A review of mortality in gentoo penguin chicks from 1997 to 2007 at that institution revealed another case of feather impaction of the ventriculus in a 4-week-old chick, a sibling of the previous chick. A third case of gastrointestinal impaction occurred in a 24-day-old king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) with omphallitis and enteritis. In this chick, a fibrin mat produced a complete obstruction of the intestine at the level of Meckeĺ's diverticulum.

David Perpiñán and Thomas G. Curro "Gastrointestinal Obstruction in Penguin Chicks," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 23(4), (1 December 2009). https://doi.org/10.1647/1082-6742-23.4.290
Published: 1 December 2009
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