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Ice-loving tenants at London Aquarium

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 01:17

May 19 - Their natural habitat is one of the coldest places on earth, but a group of Gentoo Penguins has made the Sea Life London Aquarium their new home. Tara Cleary reports.

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Children tear down a wall of artificial ice blocks in London's Sea Life Aquarium -- to reveal its latest additions, nine Gentoo penguins. Although originally from the Antarctic, these penguins hail from the Edinburgh zoo and are being introduced to their new London home. After posing for photographs, the penguins decided to test the water. Toby Forer, General Manager at Sea Life, says the birds seem to be settling in well. SOUNDBITE: Toby Forer, General Manager, Sea Life, saying (English): "They've been here for eight days. They're feeding and they're exploring, which is fantastic news." Gentoo Penguins can reach speeds of up to 36 kilometres per hour in the water and can dive up to 170 metres deep. And Forer says the aquarium is looking forward to the birds' breeding potential. SOUNDBITE: Toby Forer, General Manager, Sea Life, saying (English): "The Gentoo penguins are fabulous. They're very streamlined. They're fast-swimming, they're very sociable animals. And here we've got a few breeding pairs as well. So we're very excited about a breeding programme for the future." And in the meantime, Sea Life visitors can enjoy a touch of the wild Antarctic in busy London. Tara Cleary, Reuters

Ice-loving tenants at London Aquarium

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 01:17

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