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    Elite Member Honey's Avatar
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    Default Soft toy surrogate sibling for baby penguin

    A baby penguin which had to be separated from its family after a greedy sibling continually ate all its food has found companionship with a stuffed toy.

    Pingu cuddles up to a 3.99 stuffed toy which zoo staff bought to provide a surrogate sibling Photo: SWNS

    The penguin called Pingu began to lose weight and appeared weak after its bigger relative regularly helped himself to all the fish on offer.
    Keepers were forced to remove Pingu from the enclosure, but at just three-weeks-old the penguin was in desperate need of company.
    Staff bought a 3.99 toy penguin from the zoo shop which acts as a surrogate sibling for Pingu.
    Pingu - an African penguin whose sex has yet to be determined was born with its sibling at the Living Coasts attraction in Torquay, Devon.
    Head keeper Tony Durkin said: "At first it seemed everything was going well but then we noticed one sibling was growing more quickly than the other.
    "You do get size differences in the wild but it only becomes a problem if the difference gets too great.
    "We prefer not to interfere, as it's better for parent birds to rear their young naturally. But as the size difference increased, so did the problem.
    "The smaller chick was getting some food, just not enough. When it fell in the pool we decided to give it a helping hand.
    "The cuddly penguin toy is something for the chick to cosy up to and be comforted by a surrogate family for the time being."
    Pingu is living in a snug den made out of foam matting and towels with a shelter to imitate a normal burrow.
    For the first two or three days the chick was fed warm, liquidised fish from a syringe before being gradually weaned onto chunks of sprat.
    Pingu now takes small whole sprats and is being fed six times a day by a team of five foster mothers.

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    Elite Member KrisNine's Avatar
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    Awww....poor widdle penguin....

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    Um, so why didn't they just remove the more aggressive baby penguin?
    "the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone"

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    aw a bully penguin? meany.
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