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Penguin's bid to find a mate via online dating site Plenty of Fish

Credit: Weymouth Sea Life Park

A sea life specialist at a Dorset sea life centre is hoping to find one of its penguins a mate by putting him on the national singles dating website, Plenty of Fish.

Weymouth Sea Life Park's penguin specialist, Sarah Everett, says the one-year-old male Humboldt penguin - called Spruce - is 'lonely for love'. Spruce lives in the Park's penguin colony but the other penguins are either male or already coupled up.

Sarah has written a detailed dating profile on Plenty of Fish for Spruce. It describes his likes - which include seafood and swimming – and his relationship needs – ‘a partner for life who I can make some little chicks with, as I'm a family man at heart.’

Sarah is now appealing for the public to share Spruce’s Plenty of Fish profile on their social media pages and spread the word to help him find a mate.

Credit: Weymouth Sea Life Park

Penguins are very affectionate birds by nature and often mate for life. I really want to see Spruce settle down with the right girl and after searches for potential mates at other Sea Life centres proved fruitless – they have the same problem as us, too many boys - I thought it was time to look further afield.

Plenty of Fish has been really useful as a means of putting information about Spruce online so I can share the link on social media and send it to other penguin carers around the world – the right girl for him is out there somewhere and I’m determined to help him find her!

– Sarah Everett, Sea Life penguin specialist

Eva the penguin passes away at Marwell Zoo

Eva passed away after developing the infection, Aspergillosis Credit: Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo has announced that their 16-year-old Humboldt penguin, Eva, has passed away.

Eva was diagnosed with Aspergillosis, an infection that can affect water birds especially during the colder months. Veterinary teams immediately attempted emergency investigations and treatment but despite their best efforts Eva passed away.

During her time at Marwell, Eva successfully raised five chicks including two males, Lurch and most recently Seaweed, who hatched last year.

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.


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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