By Angelica (age 10) from Ashhurst.
All I remember is calm water turning into a black swirling sticky mess then nothing. Then when I woke up to find my self in a small red crate in a dark room. There were towels covering the bottom of the crate and it was nice and warm. Then I noticed I felt a weird feeling, a sticky feeling. What is going on?
Creak. The lid on my crate is opening and gloved hands are reaching in. They pick me up and take me to a big white tent on the way I nuzzle up to the girl that is holding me she gives me a little smile back and put me on a table and put vegetable oil on me and start rubbing it into my feathers and most of all around my eyes. They wash it off and then put some thing sharp into me because because they need to do some thing called a TBC (total blood count). I feel cold until they gently rub me dry with a fluffy towel. They pick me up and take me back to my warm crate. The next day I’m feeling lots better except I still feel a bit cold but that is all but they did put a few more fluffy towels in my crate. Then my crate opens again and the girl from yesterday reaches in and take me to the cleaning tent again . They wash me really well and after about 30 to 40 minutes I was done and I went to the blow dry and heat lamp tent.
In the tent there were cabinets with heat lamps inside and blow dry machine in them. It took a while but it was worth it. I feel fluffy and dry again, yay! I felt happy to go back to my crate and get some food I have picked up a appetite after all this.
The next day, they take me out of my warm crate and put me in a enclosure with a pool full of water. In the enclosure are lots of other blue penguins. I wanted to go into the water but no one else wanted to. Then some one walked up behind us and shooed us into the water. I’m saved. I love my new friends, but after a few days of playing with the other penguins it is time to go. They put me back in my warm crate and then we got put in a car to drive to to the beach. There were lots of people shouting and cheering as they opened my crate. I peeked out of my crate and slowly waddled out. The crowd is shouting and cheering and it is time to go. I waddle up to the girl that cleaned me I nuzzle her leg and she strokes my head. I gently nip her. She smiles at me there is a mix of happy and sad in her eyes. I waddle up to the other people that helped me to say goodbye I will miss everyone. I take one look at the crowd and decide not to say thank them to them all they do is scare me. I feel a little sad to leave but I know this is where I belong. I take one last look over my shoulder and waddle into the water. A cheer goes up from the crowd as I swim away.
I’m free! It feels amazing it be back in the sea. I dive down and catch a fish. The fish in the sea is way better than their fish but it doesn’t mean I wont miss the people that helped me. They saved my life they are the best, that is why I will miss it them.
Oooh there is another fish YUMMY I love fish.