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Male penguins team up to raise a chick

The chick was raised by Jumbs and Kermit Credit: Wingham Wildlife Park

Two same sex penguins have reared a chick at a wildlife park in Kent. An egg was placed in a nest box, where Jumbs and Kermit kept a watchful eye. The two penguins operated a shift system and even fed the chick. The entire family is reported to be 'doing well' at Wingham Wildlife Park.

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Zoo staff step in to save rare penguin chick

The chick was born with the help of zookeepers after the mum faced difficulties Credit: Drusillas Park

A rare penguin chick has hatched with the help of zookeepers from Sussex after a difficult birth.

The Humboldt chick emerged from its shell on Wednesday 2nd April after staff noticed a small hole in the egg.

The cheeky chick finally broke free on Wednesday Credit: Drusillas Park

Humboldt penguins usually hatch after 40 days with greyish feathers and both parents work together to feed and care for their young.

The chicks tend to leave their nest at around 10-12 weeks.

The small shell which the penguin hatched out of on Wednesday Credit: Drusillas Park

Deputy Head Keeper, Jason O’Connell commented: “Hatching can be a difficult time and it can take a while depending on the chick’s own strength. The chick is doing really well now and we are pleased with his progress.

"He will be cared for by his parents within the safety of the nest box over the next few weeks, before finally waddling out onto the beach in time for summer."

Staff left amazed as they find Wallace the penguin flying

Zoo keepers at Drusillas Park in Sussex have had the surprise of their life after they found one of their penguins flying.

Wallace the penguin is known for his speed and has always been a lot faster than the other birds.

Staff think that his unusually large wingspan and his recent weight loss has made him more aerodynamic, meaning he can fly.

Wallace was born at the park in 2012.

Staff at Drusillas Park watching Wallace the penguin fly Credit: Drusillas Park

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Cash raised for Falklands penguins

Rockhopper penguins at Drusillas Park Credit: Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park in East Sussex has handed over £1,000 to Falkland Conservation, to assist the wild penguin populations of the South Atlantic.

The sum was raised over the last 12 months through visitors.

The charity seeks to help wildlife based on and around the Islands, rescuing oiled penguins and studying the native wildlife.

Thousands of penguins nest in the Falklands every summer representing five of the world’s seventeen species; King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Macaroni and Magellanic.

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