Penguins, the new feature for 2010

Feathered friends Waddles and Godfrey are the latest penguin couple joined the flock at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in December 2015.

The devoted pair were formerly part of a 20-bird colony at the Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the Isle of Wight, which has closed down after 44 years.
New Penguin Couple Settle in at the Sanctuary
New Penguin Couple Settle in at the Sanctuary Other members of the colony have been re-homed at the SEA LIFE centres in Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton and Weymouth.

"Waddles and Godfrey are the seventh and eighth members of our own little Humboldt penguin colony, and have settled in really quickly, " said animal care team leader Tamara Cooper.
"They are naturally sociable birds and our residents gave them a nice warm welcome.

"Just to confuse everyone Godfrey is actually the girl and Waddles is the boy, so presumably Godfrey was christened before her gender was confirmed."
New Penguin Couple Settle in at the Sanctuary
New Penguin Couple Settle in at the Sanctuary The Isle of Wight attraction cited the seasonal nature of its operations and stiffer legislation as the reasons behind its closure.

Its owners were relieved to receive the offer to rehome their beloved penguins, among them arthritic 20-year-old bird Dippy who has found the perfect new home - a pool with an access ramp - at Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE Centre.
"Waddles and Godfrey are well on the way to forming tight bonds with our other residents Gilbert, Piran, Ivy, Lola and Pine," said Tamara, "and we´re sure they´re going to be popular new additions with our visitors too."

Humboldt penguins are native to the coasts of Chile and Peru, but habitat loss and depletion of their food supply due to overfishing have reduced the wild population to a mere 10,000 pairs.

Photos right & above Credit - Asa Samuel
New Penguin Couple Settle in at the Sanctuary
Waddles - October 2017 Waddles (photo left) has a very big appetite, unlike his fellow penguins, he is not a fussy eater! Waddles will even pick up fish that the others have thrown on the floor.

He tends to be a little bit shy and will often hang back at feeding time, however, the Animal Care Team say he is very good at catching fish, so the team can throw fish over to him.

Waddles´s wing band colour is orange.
As the oldest female of the all the resident penguins at the Sanctuary, Godfrey (photo right) is very friendly and quite sensible. She is often at the front of the queue at feeding time, shuffling closer and closer to the Animal Care Team to grab lots of tasty fish.

If Godfrey hasn´t had her fill, she makes sure the team know she is hungry by sneaking up behind them and gently tapping their legs with her beak until she is given some more fish!

Godfrey´s wing band colour is yellow/blue.
Godfrey - October 2017

The other resident penguins:- Ivy (black band), Gilbert (green band), Piran (pink band),
Pine (purple band), Yoni (yellow band)

Each penguin has a different coloured tag to be able to tell them apart.
Male penguins have a coloured band on their right wing and females on their left wing.


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