Pete’s decking dash

Pete the Humboldt penguin is keeping DZG’s keepers on their toes.

The hand-reared youngster loves nothing better than meeting visitors to walkthrough Penguin Bay and 

can regularly be seen dashing up and down the decking – closely following by a weary keeper!

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Keeper Adam Davey – pictured above with the runaway Humboldt  – said: “Pete was born last winter but was abandoned by his parents, so keepers stepped in to hand rear him.

“He is not fazed at all by visitors, so when he gets bored of being in the pool he comes up to meet everyone, and dashes over when he sees them arrive.

“He can go quite fast when he wants to get somewhere he really shouldn’t be, such as in the overhead glass viewing platform, and it’s keeping staff very fit as we all run after him!”

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DZG is home to one of the largest breeding colonies in Europe with more than 70 Humboldt penguins. The new £40,000 walkthrough experience allows visitors to get close to the highly endangered species.