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Sea-life centre says its time to pick up their penguins

Resident penguins at Scarborough's Sea-life centre are being fed anti-depressents with their fish to cheer them up.

They have been diagnosed with depression - and believe it or not it's all down to our weather.

Penguins may be used to the cold, but it seems they really don't like the wind and rain they are been subjected to here this winter.


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Depressed penguins get a p-p-p-pick me up

Seabirds can be affected by wet-weather blues too…as staff at Scarborough Sea Life centre have discovered.

One of the down in the dumps penguins gets fed

The centre’s resident penguins are so cheesed off by the relentless rain and wind, they have all been put on a course of anti-depressants.

It is the first time the dozen Humboldt penguins have needed such medication since they were severely stressed by a break-in at the attraction almost three years ago.

The pills are cleverly disguised in the penguins favourite treat

“Humboldt’s in the wild on the coast of Peru and Chile can be subjected to some pretty wild extremes of weather,” said display curator Lyndsey Crawford.

“What they don’t get though is weeks of almost daily downpours and high winds,” she added.

“After the first week our birds were just a bit subdued, but after over a month now, they are thoroughly fed-up and miserable, much like the rest of us.”

These chaps are feeling blue because of the weather

"Misery can lower the body’s natural defences in penguins even more easily than in humans, and that is why the penguins have been prescribed ‘uppers’ to try and head off any more serious symptoms.

“They’re doing the trick so far, but we are all praying for the weather to change and at least a few successive days of sunshine to give the penguins the tonic they really need.

Appeal to find missing York man

Edward Machin did not arrive at work on Monday Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Edward Machin, 39, was reported missing on monday, 27 January, after he failed to turn up to work. He also missed a webchat he was due to make with a friend on saturday.

Police believe Mr Machin travelled by train to Scarborough on wednesday, 23 January, then caught a taxi to Bempton in Humberside.

He is described as white, 5ft 4in tall, of slim build with dark brown hair and blue-grey eyes. When he was last seen on CCTV at Scarborough railway station he was wearing a dark coloured jacket, a light coloured shirt, jeans and brown shoes.


Teenager missing from Scarborough

Missing 14 year old Chaenan Bertinelli Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A teenage girl has gone missing from Scarborough and is thought to be in London.

Officers believe 14 year old Chaenan Bertinelli may have travelled to the capital to visit relatives.

Chaenan is described as white, 5ft, 3in, with red hair and hazel eyes.

Missing 14 year old Chaenan Bertinelli Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 option 1

Man charged over Scarborough violence

A man has been charged by police in connection with violent incidents in Scarborough.

A 38-year-old man has been charged on several counts including affray, assault and section 18 wounding with intent after a 38-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man were injured during two incidents in the Eastfield area at around 11pm on Saturday 14 December.

The offender is due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates' Court today.

Scarborough's listed beach huts damaged in fire

They survived the worst tidal surge in over half a century.

But now some of Scarborough's historic beach huts have been badly damaged by fire.

The Grade Two listed buildings were engulfed in flames yesterday (December 9). It's not yet known how the fire started.

It comes as the clean up continues following last week's destructive floods which could leave the seaside resort with a repair bill of up to three quarters of a million pounds.

There have been calls for the Government to help cover the cost of the clean up.

From Scarborough, Frazer Maude reports.

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