The Deep Centre in Hull announced today that one of its penguins has died.
The initial results of a post-mortem examination indicate that he had a kidney and liver problem. Staff don’t know how long the bird might have had this problem and further tests are being carried out.
The bird, which was in the last few days of his quarantine period had been in its new display since 19 February and had settled in well to his new home and was both playful and active.
A statement said: "We are all really sad about losing Mike the penguin, particularly as he had settled in so well. The other penguins have been inspected by our vet as a precaution and they all appear to be healthy."
The Deep in Hull is getting ready to show off its latest arrivals - ten Gentoo penguins (six adults and four juveniles) who have taken up residence in a new exhibit called 'The Penguins of Grytviken'. The first five birds are now in residence.
The £750,000 exhibit opens to the public today and will give visitors views of the penguins across three floors, both underwater and on land. Features include a swimming pool, diving pool, beach area, nesting area and the penguins very own outdoor balcony with views overlooking the River Humber.
Endangered coral and clams have been given a new home in Hull, after being transported across the world by smugglers. The marine creatures we seized by the UK Boarder agency at Heathrow Airport, but were too fragile to be transported back.
The lift at The Deep has been named as one of the top ten in the world, alongside the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower. USA Today magazine compiled a list of the best lifts to commemorate the birth of Elisha Otis, the inventor of the safety elevator.