Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Spike is a baby used to being waited on hand and foot.

The new King Penguin chick is being hand-reared at Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water.In answer to a shrill whistle, the pint pot penguin gets his feed on the dot at 8am, noon, 4pm and 8pm.

And the 8in grey-downed baby, weighing in at 546 grams, thinks assistant headkeeper Alistair Keen is his mum.

The 27-year-old said: "Unfortunately his real mother, Beryl, had no male showing significant interest. Dad is supposed to do half the work sitting on the egg and then feeding the baby. So mum couldn't cope on her own."

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