The King Penguin

The King Penguin

From St James’s GazetteSaturday 07 December 1901

The ’Cutest Thing in the Zoo.’ I had a chat the other afternoon with the keeper of my favourite creature at the Zoological Gardens — the King Penguin from the Antarctic Ocean. Numbers of visitors are always gathered round the penguin’s enclosure, and seem to derive infinite entertainment from watching his curious aldermanlike gait. I heard American describe him as ‘the ‘cutest thing in the Zoo.” He has been in the Gardens for about four years, and is the only penguin which has been able to thrive there. Summer is the time of anxiety, for in warm weather his health begins to droop, and ice has to be constantly supplied in his water. It is amusing to stroke the penguin’s back, and to note the close texture of his plumage; and, more amusing still, to see him hurry to the keeper and take from hand a piece of whiting. Eight or nine bits of fish about three inches long form his daily diet. —”Lorna” in the “British Weekly.”

King PenguinsFrom Illustrated London News – Saturday 29 October 1949

THE FIRST KING PENGUIN TO BE BORN AT THE ZOO, SEEN PERCHED ON HIS FATHER’S FEET (LEFT).
“Prince,” the King Penguin chick hatched out on October 20 — the first King Penguin to be born in the Zoo — had only a brief life. He was found dead on the morning of October 22 by the keeper, after only forty-eight hours of life. It seems probable that several birds wanted to “mother” him, and that he was trodden on.

 

Karon McBride

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