Happy First Birthday for Penguin With Splayed Legs

The plight of a penguin chick with badly splayed legs captured hearts all over the UK when it emerged his condition was being remedied with the aid of special elastic trousers!

His special pants soon had Pebbles the Humboldt chick on happy feet again...and yesterday staff wished him a happy first birthday with the help of an iced fish cake.
Penguin chick
Pebbles's mum and dad "Pebbles´s mum and dad were a bit over zealous with their brooding, and by the time we were able to disturb the nest without upsetting them his legs were growing out sideways instead of straight," said Scarborough SEA LIFE Centre displays supervisor Lyndsey Crawford.

"It´s a common problem with many bird species, but unless treated quickly it can result in a permanent disability."
Lyndsey and her colleagues used coloured elasticated bandage to make Pebbles tight-fitting trousers, and gradually they succeeded in correcting his gait.

"It´s brilliant to see him getting about just as well as all the other penguins one year on," she added.
Pebbles's mum and dad
Penguins island "He´s not exactly graceful, but at least now he´s only as clumsy and ungainly as all penguins are on dry land.

I don´t think he had a clue why he was getting a special treat today, but he looked very happy about it all the sameā€¦and of course, he shared with all his feathered friends."
Pebbles is a VIP member of a 20-strong flock of Humboldts residing in a newly redeveloped enclosure christened Penguin Island, which includes a unique walkthrough path for visitors, as well as a large dive pool and underwater. Penguins island


Press Release issued by the Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details please contact: Lia Bull on 01723 373414
Date: June 2015

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