Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Penguin party at Edinburgh Zoo

Bruce the penguin was treated to a special meal in celebration of his namesake's 58th birthday. 
Zuzana Brezinová
Tuesday, 25 March, 2014 |
Credit: Edinburgh Zoo
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Edinburgh Zoo has been pampering Bruce the rockhopper penguin, in celebration of his Hollywood namesake's birthday.

Bruce Willis turned 58 on Wednesday 19 March, so keepers treated Bruce the penguin to special sprats in honour of the occasion.

Bruce arrived at Edinburgh Zoo in March 2012, and since then has become a firm favourite, thanks to his nosy attitude and desire to always be in the thick of things.

Dawn Nicoll, senior keeper for Penguins at Edinburgh Zoo, explained that when Bruce first arrived he was still very young, and hadn't developed the yellow crest that his breed are famous for.

Nicoll stated that this made him look "a little bald" compared to the other rockhopper penguins, inspiring staff to name him after one of Hollywood’s most famous bald men.

Nicoll said: "Bruce may be pint-sized, but he has loads of attitude – he is a real character! Penguins are already naturally curious, but Bruce takes it to the next level and he always wants to be involved in everything."

It is hoped that as a young, healthy male, Bruce will soon become a father. Keepers have reported that he has even been seen sharing affections with a young female rockhopper penguin.

Northern rockhoppers are endangered in the wild, with a decline of over 90 per cent of the population in the past 45 years, due in part to a devastating oil spill in 2011.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first arrival of penguins at Edinburgh Zoo and in Europe. On 25 January 1914, four king penguins, a gentoo penguin and a macaroni penguin arrived at Leith Docks to be taken to their new home at Edinburgh Zoo.

Edinburgh Zoo is also home to the world’s highest ranking penguin. Sir Nils Olav, a king penguin, is the mascot for the Royal Norwegian Guard and after working his way up the ranks was knighted in 2008.


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