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Rooney and Gerrard: Penguins named after footballers

A baby penguin weighting just 87 grams has hatched in Chester Zoo.

Rooney, named after England forward Wayne, was one of the first Humboldt penguins to hatch at the zoo this year.

The penguin keepers are naming this year’s clutch after past and present superstars of the football World Cup.

Chester Zoo funds a penguins conservation initiative Credit: Chester Zoo
A baby penguin makes its way out of the egg. Credit: Chester Zoo

Rooney has already been joined by Gerrard, named after current England captain Steven, Banks, after 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon, and Moore after 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby.

Baby Humboldt penguin Credit: Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo funds conservation initiatives in the penguins’ homeland to help them in their natural habitat, where they are faced with many pressures including over fishing of their food and habitat loss.


Animals baffled by Halloween pumpkin gifts

Animals at Chester Zoo have been scratching their heads over new additions to their enclosures.

This curious dwarf mongoose investigates a carved pumpkin. Credit: Chester Zoo

Staff placed pumpkins filled with treats around the zoo for its inhabitants to explore, encouraging them to think and work for their food.

Nothing to be sniffed at: Beni, an Indian one horned rhino, wonders why his lunch box looks different today. Credit: Chester Zoo

A Chester Zoo spokesperson said that the animals all had their own weird and wonderful ways of getting into the pumpkins.

A Galapagos tortoises tucks in. Credit: Chester Zoo

Rejected dik-dik hand-reared at zoo

Keepers at Chester Zoo have stepped in to raise a young antelope dik-dik after it was rejected by its mother.

Aluna the Kirk's dik-dik antelope was born two weeks ago but was unable to bond with her mother.

The youngster is bottle fed five times a day Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

It is the second time keepers ta the zoo have had to hand-rear a young dik-dik after a female new born was rejected in 2010 - possibly due to cold weather.

Fully grown dik-diks reach 30-40cm in height to the shoulder Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The species is native to Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia and arrived at the zoo in 2008.

The youngster will be bottle fed milk five times a day until it can eat on its own.

Curator of Mammals at Chester Zoo Tim Rowlands at home, hand-rearing a baby dik-dik which was abandoned by its mother. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire