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First ever baby Penguin hatched at the Sanctuary

After successfully hand-rearing, "Squidge" the miracle penguin chick has started swimming lessons.

"Squidge" the first ever penguin chick born at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, hatched from its egg on 27th May 2018 to parents Lola and Gilbert, a Humboldt Penguin pair at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Photo right was taken on 30th June 2018
Squidge - 30th June 2018
Gilbert (left) and Lola (right) - October 2017 Gilbert (left - green ID tag) and Lola (right - blue ID tag) have been paired up since 2013 and each year have tried their very best to incubate and rear their own chicks but are not the most natural of parents!
The pair just spent too much time bickering over their new arrival rather than taking care of it.

The team noticed that Lola and Gilbert were not feeding the chick but in an attempt to give the parents more time to learn what they were meant to do, they decided to supplement the chick by giving regular syringe feeds of special blended food for birds.

Photo right was taken on 30th June 2018
Squidge - 30th June 2018
Squidge - 8th August 2018 The chick was then put back on the nest to encourage Lola and Gilbert to feed the chick themselves. As the parents continued to bicker, the team sought advice from a specialist at Scarborough Sea Life. For the baby´s safety the decision was made to remove the chick in an attempt to hand rear it and give it chance to survive.

The Sanctuary team have never hand reared a penguin before so the team made regular calls to the experts to make sure everything was going to plan! This included sending over all the information they had on growth rates, feeding amounts and behaviour.
Like all new-borns, the chick had very specific requirements and was having feeds up to 8 times a day, starting at 5.30am right through to 10pm.

The animal care team worked around the clock to ensure this little chick had the best chance and it´s thanks to their dedication that "Squidge" is going from strength to strength!
Squidge - 8th August 2018
Squidge - 1st August 2018 The Sanctuary will not know the sex of the penguin until it is DNA tested in September but the team from very early on have nicknamed it "Squidge" due to a quickly expanding waistline!

Squidge had a swimming lesson on 8th August 2018 and is an absolute natural.
Guests will start to see Squidge during their visits as the team will be taking the chick out throughout the day for swimming and Squidge will have visits to the penguin beach to slowly be introduced to the adults.

Click here to see a selection of photos of Squidge on our Fliker page.
It's a Boy! On 27th September 2018 Zoe and Megan, members of the Animal Care Team, had great delight to announce the very exciting news.

Zoe said "Squidge is 4 months old today we have found out that he is...A BOY!"

"He is now in our Penguin Pool with the rest of our Humboldt Penguin colony and his parents, Lola and Gilbert."

"After Lola and Gilbert struggled with their parenting skills, our Animal Care Team made the decision to hand rear Squidge, and it is thanks to their hard work that Squidge is a happy healthy boy!"

Click here to watch the moment when the Zoe and Megan opened the envelope to reveal that Squidge is a Boy!

Click here to watch a short video of Squidge´s story.
It's a Boy!

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.

In May 2023 - the Cornish Seal Sanctuary announced that Cornwall´s up-and-coming artist has only gone and done it again by creating a fabulous A2 masterpiece!   That´s right, resident Humboldt penguin, Squidge, has put on his artist hat once again to help to raise money for the pools.

Every penny goes toward Sanctuary´s "Fund Our Future" campaign which is all about securing our future for generations to come??

Using non-toxic, pet-friendly paint, this vet-approved enrichment activity is just one way the team help Squidge remain active and engaged.   His painting was sold to a very happy buyer at the end of May 2023.
Squidge's art work

Update - May 2023 - Happy 5th birthday to the amazing Humboldt Penguin, Squidge!   He was born at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on the 27th of May 2018 to his parents, Gilbert and Lola. Unfortunately, the couple spent so much time bickering over Squidge that they weren´t caring for him properly and despite much encouragement by the team, it was decided that he would have to be hand-reared. The team worked around the clock and he was soon strong enough to move back in with the rest of the penguin colony, the rest is history!

Squidge is a very curious penguin and very talented!
Happy 5th Birthday Squidge!

Update - 25th January 2024 - The Cornish Seal Sanctuary have some very exciting penguin news to share with you all...

The Sanctuary´s little waddle of penguins have moved into a lovely new home in a fantastic location on 25th of January 2024 with a much larger group of Humbolt penguins. This is part of the Sanctuary´s progression to extend the conservation efforts here in Cornwall.

While the staff are really missing the penguins enormously (and we know you will, too), this move will allow the Sanctuary to start work on refurbing their enclosure for what´s to come later this year.
YoniSome of the Humboldt Penguins

Update - 10th February 2024 - We are so pleased to see that the little penguin waddle is settling happily into their new home at Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder, Scotland!

After the long journey from Cornwall to Scotland they arrived to meet their new friends and join a much larger group of penguins.   Squidge in particular is loving being a part of a bigger group of juveniles and keeps himself around them.   The Sanctuary team are sure they are all loving the cooler climate up in Scotland!

Work has begun on the penguin´s old enclosure at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in preparation for the exciting new residents who we will be welcoming this year!

The Sanctuary really appreciate your patience and understanding as the team work to improve pens and pools.

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