The quirk of the thing was, since the burrows on the top of the island (Discovery Island off the mouth of Discovery Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca) were MUCh easier to dig, we started there first. We took two chicks that looked right. In raising them, it became apparent we had taken Rhinocerus Auklet chicks instead of Tufted Puffin chicks. Back to the island and some REAL cliff hanging.
So, in proving that Tufted Puffins could be kept in captivity, we also secretly proved that Rhinocerus Auklets could also. 2 for 1!
Nowadays, both Tufted Puffins and Rhinocerus Auklets are staples in public zoos and aquariums the length of the Pacific Coast.
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