The mysteriously-altered sign on the Guarlford Road.
Robert Hale / Wednesday 7 October 2015
ALTHOUGH drivers on roads running through common land around Malvern
have long known to be careful about sheep or cattle wandering across the
road, there has never been a problem with roaming penguins.
However, some fun-loving prankster has arranged to make it seem a
hazard, by altering this road sign on the B4211 Guarlford Road heading
from the Rhydd to Malvern.
The cattle silhouette which formerly graced the sign has been covered up and replaced with the penguin image.
Gazette reader Steph Underwood-Webb spotted the altered sign on Monday
evening as she was driving back to Malvern from Cheltenham.
She said: "I drove past. I thought for a moment. I drove back. Yup, I
wasn't wrong. I then drove more carefully than ever before - just in
case, you know? Just in case."
Although the Highway Code list a number of official warning signs
regarding wildlife, including one warning of migrating frogs, a penguin
does not feature among their number.
The penguin is indigenous to the southern hemisphere and are unlikely
to be roaming wild in the Malvern area; the nearest penguins are likely
to be found at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham and the West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley.
The Penguin Camera is located on Torgersen Island (64°46’S, 64°04’W), off the coast of Anvers Island and less than a mile from Palmer Station. Torgersen Island is home to a colony of Adélie penguins numbering approximately 2,500. This camera is seasonal and operates primarily from October to February, the Adélie breeding season. The camera is solar-powered and may sometimes experience brief outages due to inclement weather. School classrooms and other educational demonstrations will often take control of the camera, moving it to gain better views of the colony.