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Blind puffin adopted by local woman who became social media superstar passes away

By Staff

  • Mundi Lundi The blind puffin Mundi lived an exciting life, exploring the snow, swimming in a hot tub and doing all kinds of other activities puffins usually shy away from. 

A year ago a local woman, Ásrún Magnúsdóttir, adopted an injured and blind puffin. The puffin, Mundi (which rhymes with Puffin in Icelandic, Lundi), quickly became a social media superstar, gaining fans from around the world. Earlier today Ásrún announced that Mundi Lundi had passed away.

Mundi was found in Reykjavík last spring. He was lying in the side of a road after having suffered an injury. Ásrún, who lives in a suburb of Reykjavík, adopted the puffin and nursed him back to health. She quickly discovered that Mundi was blind. Ásrún cared for Mundi, documenting his adventures on social media under the tag Mundi The Blind Puffin.

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On Wednesday Mundi took ill. He had lost his appetite earlier in the week, but on Wednesday he began vomiting and by the end of the day he had passed away. 

"It happened so suddenly which is why I guess I am still in bit of a shock. At the beginning of the week he started to lose his appetite - which wasn’t highly unusual, there came times where he was a very finicky eater. But I guess this was different. On Wednesday he took a turn for the worse; didn’t keep anything down, slept a lot and by the end of the day he just slipped away."

Mundi's age was never confirmed, but Áslaug believes he had already reached a ripe old age when she adopted him. Áslaug also wrote on Instagram that while his death was a very sad moment he was able to enjoy the last year of his life:

"We can rejoice in the fact that that Mundi survived a year longer than he would have if he hadn’t been taken in. He was nursed back to health after a bad accident and even though he was unable to return to the wild I like to think he had a wonderful year with us.

He was the only puffin in the world to swim in a hot tub, to go to a summer cabin and take car rides, which he seemed to enjoy. He was more than a simple seabird, he was more than a pet. He was a friend, a companion and an inspiration to so many."

We at Iceland Magazine are truly saddened to read of Mundi's passing and hope that his social media fame has inspired people to care for these beautiful birds.

"Now fly free little buddy, fly and dive and swim and do all the puffin things in the great beyond."

 

 

Dear friends, - My heart is aching as I type this, and I grieve having to announce that Mundi the puffin has passed away. - It happened so suddenly which is why I guess I am still in bit of a shock. At the beginning of the week he started to lose his appetite - which wasn’t highly unusual, there came times where he was a very finicky eater. But I guess this was different. On Wednesday he took a turn for the worse; didn’t keep anything down, slept a lot and by the end of the day he just slipped away. - In a way it is a blessing that it all happened so fast. That way he didn’t suffer, though I miss him terribly and wish that there was something more I could have done for him. But I did all that I could and sometimes that just isn’t enough: The end comes for all of us, and it is highly probable that he was an elderly fella. We were never able to confirm his age. - We can rejoice in the fact that that Mundi survived a year longer than he would have if he hadn’t been taken in. He was nursed back to health after a bad accident and even though he was unable to return to the wild I like to think he had a wonderful year with us. - He was the only puffin in the world to swim in a hot tub, to go to a summer cabin and take car rides, which he seemed to enjoy. He was more than a simple seabird, he was more than a pet. He was a friend, a companion and an inspiration to so many. - I can hardly believe how many followers he gained over the past year and it warms my heart knowing how many smiles he must have made and how many days he brightened. I also think that he was probably the most photographed puffin in the world and my phone is chock full with images of him. I plan to keep his accounts active, in his memory. - Having Mundi was a real adventure for me and through him I got to know so many great people who I now consider friends. - Thank you for everything Mundi! - Now fly free little buddy, fly and dive and swim and do all the puffin things in the great beyond. - You will be missed 

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