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Motherless rare penguin chicks venture out, with dad

The chicks to leave the nest Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park

Three new rare Penguin chicks have spread their wings and joined the rest of the Penguin pool at Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Peanut, Basil and MJ spent the first two months of their lives inside their nests before Peanut, a male chick, ventured out, with the two females closely following behind.

The two female chicks are being reared by their father, Wonky, after their mother, 24-year-old Mushy, the oldest penguin at the park, died of an age related illness.

The new chicks are Humboldt Penguins, which are becoming increasingly rare with just approximately 12,000 left in the wild.

Since fledging, the three chicks have been swimming around with the rest of the colony in their pool.


Worker attends hospital after chemical leak at car plant

100 litres of hydrochloric acid spilt from a container Credit: Oxfordshire County Council

A worker had to go to hospital following a chemical leak at a car plant in Oxford.

Fire and Rescue teams from Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire were called to the BMW Mini plant in the early hours of Friday.

They cordoned off the area while they dealt with the incident, involving around 100 litres of hydrochloric acid spilt from a container. The car plant employee was assessed by medical staff on the scene after breathing in the vapour.

He was referred to the John Radcliffe Hospital for precautionary checks. Medical staff say he suffered no injuries. The man has returned to work.

At around 2am this morning a chemical leak was identified in one of our plant’s storage facilities. In line with procedure, our on-site emergency response team was notified and local emergency services were called to attend. No one has been injured as a result of the incident and production continues. Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service remain on site and are assisting to secure the affected area. A full investigation will be undertaken and the Health & Safety Executive have been informed.”

– Spokesperson, MINI Plant Oxford

We have worked closely with colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service, Thames Valley Police and BMW emergency response staff to prevent the incident from escalating and maintain scene safety. We will remain on site until specialist teams arrive to take over and remove the chemicals."

– Will McPhail, Incident Commander
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