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Sewerby Penguin 'Rosie' Celebrates 30th Birthday

Sewerby Penguin 'Rosie' Celebrates 30th Birthday

Published by Karen Liu at 8:31am 20th April 2020.

A Humboldt penguin at Sewerby Hall and Gardens is celebrating her 30th birthday today.

Reaching the great age of 30 is a real achievement, both for Rosie and the zoo staff who look after her.

Life expectancy of Humboldt penguins in the wild is 15-20, and Rosie is believed to be one of the oldest penguins in the UK.

Rosie arrived at Sewerby Hall and Gardens in 1990 and has successfully hatched chicks over the years.

Head zoo keeper John Pickering said:

"We've made a fish cake, not in the traditional sense, but we've made a special cake with fishes in.

We've put banners up and we've put up 'Happy Birthday' bunting.

There are three keepers on site today and we'll be singing Happy Birthday to her and we're hoping that once the situation is better, and the public are allowed back in, that we'll probably repeat it all again." 

John has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Paddy in the Morning:

Here is Rosie going for a 'morning birthday swim':

Her birthday has gone worldwide with coverage around the UK and overnight in Australia and China.

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