hen Pingu the baby penguin had to be separated from its family because its greedy brother ate all of its food, zookeepers were afraid that it was lonely … so they got it a penguin doll!
‘The cuddly penguin toy is something for the chick to cosy up to and be comforted by – a surrogate family for the time being.’ Pingu is living in a snug den made out of foam matting and towels with a shelter to imitate a normal burrow. […]
Keeper Lois Rowell added: ‘The chick is quiet but quite inquisitive. It enjoys a shallow warm bath and being preened by us when its feathers need a clean up.’ The youngster will return to the colony when it is strong enough to compete with the others for food.
As well as a stuffed penguin Pingu also cuddles up to a toy puffin.