Thursday, February 26, 2015

WATCH: From fire to ice - West Midlands firefighters fill #penguin tank at Sea Life Centre

Dealing with icy-cold water makes a change for West Midlands firefighters, who are more used to tackling flames.

Filling up penguin tanks with cold water is all in a day's work for West Midlands Service and their hoses, as they were called in to the National Sea Life Centre ahead of their newest residents' arrival.

The Sea Life Centre's newest arrivals travelled halfway round the world from their natural habitats in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Kerguelen Islands, the Macquarie Island, the Heard Islands, the South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula, to make their new home in Birmingham.

Gentoo penguins are classified as near-threatened on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List with only 300,000 breeding pairs.


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