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Country's oldest female penguin bows out

Pat celebrated her 37th birthday in January with a sprat cake Credit: ITV News

The Living Coasts zoo in Torquay has announced that its record-breaking penguin has died.

Pat, the oldest-known female African penguin in the UK, celebrated her 37th birthday on 20 January 2015. She was thought to have been the second-oldest penguin in Europe.

She was put down by zoo vets due to advanced arthritis.

“Her quality of life had declined because of arthritis – the only thing to do was to put her to sleep. Pat had a terrific innings thanks to good husbandry, good vet care, good food and freedom from predators. It shows that the English Riviera is great for us more mature types!”

– Phil Knowling, Living Coasts

Pat was hatched at Paignton Zoo in 1978, but lived at Living Coasts ever since it opened in 2003 - we filmed her at her 37th birthday celebrations in January 2015.

Pat has left a strong legacy, having hatched nine chicks in her time and even had three great-grand penguins at Living Coasts.

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