Abandoned Penguin Chick Fed By Penguin Puppet (VIDEO)

British zookeepers are feeding an abandoned macaroni penguin chick with a “penguin puppet” crafted from a black rubber industrial glove, yellow strands and red eyes. A photo of the “penguin” and of the chick is here on the Guardian‘s site.

The chick was not incubated because one of its parents became ill; it takes two adults to watch over an egg. Keepers at a zoo in Devon in the UK have been feeding the chick with the penguin puppet so it does not become used to humans; they are also playing recordings of sounds made by a group of macaroni penguins. The keepers use a syringe to feed the chick a “pink fish milk shake” of filleted herring, krill, vitamins and water every three hours, between 8:30am and 8:30pm.

The penguin who took ill has recovered.

Says senior keeper Lois Rowell:

“We don’t mind the chick becoming familiar with us so long as it knows it’s a macaroni penguin and recognises what one looks like, hence the glove.”

The macaroni penguin head puppet does call to mind reports last year about Chinese scientists dressing in panda suits so the panda cubs they are taking care of have as little human contact as possible (or, only have contact with humans dressed in panda suits), before being released into the wild.

Yes, I guess that idea wouldn’t have worked with the macaroni penguins as they are a bit smaller than pandas, and the average human adult.

This video shows a just-hatched macaroni penguin with its parent in Devon.


Photo by Ross Elliott.


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

very cute

L E E.
Lois E5 years ago

Wonderful vid, thanks so much

Serena Alonzi
6 years ago


Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

If it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck - oh wait a minute - it's not a duck - it's Super Bird with the feed bowl. Clever idea though. Don't you love the eyebrows on these guys?

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago

Great solution. Thank you for the nice video.

Danuta W.
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

cute baby bird

rene davis
irene davis6 years ago

thanks again

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago

Thank you!

dawn w.
Dawn W6 years ago

Penguins are adorable.