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!

Pingu the penguin chick at the Living Coasts zoo in Torquay who has found solace with a stuffed toy

Mates: Pingu the penguin chick at the Living Coasts zoo in Torquay who has found solace with a stuffed toy

‘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.

Staff at the zoo decided to hand rear the baby African penguin after noticing its older sibling kept eating all its food

Comforting: Staff at the zoo decided to hand rear the baby African penguin after noticing it's older sibling kept eating all it's food

Staff bought a £3.99 toy penguin from the zoo shop which acts as a surrogate sibling to the chuffed chick - who cuddles up to its new friend all day. He also has a stuffed puffin

Staff bought a £3.99 toy penguin from the zoo shop which acts as a surrogate sibling to the chuffed chick - who cuddles up to its new friend all day. He also has a stuffed puffin

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