Baby penguin at Scarborough's Sea Life Centre is back on its feet thanks to special trousers

The baby penguin tries out his new trousers

The penguin chick at Scarborough Sea Life Centre

The baby penguin sits on the scales at Scarborough Sea Life Centre

The penguin chick at Scarborough Sea Life Centre

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A PENGUIN chick with a bad case of splayed legs is back on his feet, thanks to his own wardrobe of special designer trousers.

Staff at Scarborough's Sea Life Centre discovered the problem when the chick was just three weeks old, and quickly realised the cause lay with the little one's over-attentive parents.

The centre's Lyndsey Crawford said: "It was a result of some over-zealous parenting by first-time mum and dad Pinky and Kev. Basically they sat on him a bit too heavily.

"It’s a common issue with many bird species, and their growth is so rapid it can result in a permanent disability unless treated quickly."

In an effort to straighten out his wonky legs, the centre has got the youngster some specially-tailored, tight-fitting trousers made from an elasticated bandage-like material.

Lyndsey added: “We have also been sitting him in a shallow pot to help keep his legs in the right position and gradually correct his posture as he continued to grow.”

The nine-week-old is a "he" for now, until his gender and DNA are checked out in his next full vet check.

He has stayed with his parents throughout his unusual therapy and Lyndsey and her colleagues have spotted him taking occasional glimpses out of the the nest box entrance, and demonstrating a normal penguin waddle.

The other residents of the Sea Life Centre’s Humboldt penguin colony have shown a keen interest in the new arrival.

“They are very social birds, greeting each other every morning and reinforcing the bond between them with regular bill tapping and mutual preening,” said Lyndsey.

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10:05am Fri 22 Aug 14

Blimp says...

Doubtless some people will complain that this isn't a "news" story. So what?

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Doubtless some people will complain that this isn't a "news" story. So what? Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
  • Score: 3

10:50am Fri 22 Aug 14

York2000 says...

Ah, this is great.
Ah, this is great. York2000
  • Score: 1

11:01am Fri 22 Aug 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Excellent. Pinky and Kev must be delighted. Interesting that, even though "it" is wearing trousers, they still don't know if it's a he or a she. Modern fashions, eh?
Excellent. Pinky and Kev must be delighted. Interesting that, even though "it" is wearing trousers, they still don't know if it's a he or a she. Modern fashions, eh? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 1

12:26pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

Watch out little man (sorry Penguin), from the dark corners of big business a man might offer you a contract. He will be from an insurance company, promise you and your family the earth, even suggest children will have soft toys like you. Beware, you will not get the money due, take it from me, the Nodding Dog
Watch out little man (sorry Penguin), from the dark corners of big business a man might offer you a contract. He will be from an insurance company, promise you and your family the earth, even suggest children will have soft toys like you. Beware, you will not get the money due, take it from me, the Nodding Dog Omega Point
  • Score: 0

6:26pm Fri 22 Aug 14

steaknchips says...

Nobody likes penguins
Nobody likes penguins steaknchips
  • Score: -1

7:09pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

steaknchips wrote:
Nobody likes penguins
Orcas do
[quote][p][bold]steaknchips[/bold] wrote: Nobody likes penguins[/p][/quote]Orcas do Omega Point
  • Score: 0
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