Heartwarming footage of Pickle the penguin is the sweetest thing you will see all day

This adorable footage shows the moment a baby penguin is introduced to adult penguins at the zoo at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

Head zookeeper John Pickering was there to give reassurance as things got a bit “overwhelming” for Pickle at first.

The footage also shows her “tentative first look at the pool”.

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And there was “no stopping the baby penguin” – who is a “natural” in the water.

Hull Live told last week how Pickle, the new Humboldt penguin chick, has been introduced to the penguin enclosure.

Female Pickle is the first chick to hatch there in 11 years, and was born after the new male arrival at the zoo, Sigsby, six, got together with Twinny, 19.




Mr Pickering had to take the egg home and place it in an incubator after seeing that Twinny was having to do all the egg sitting. Penguin pairs normally take it in turns to look after the egg, but Sigsby had abandoned his role and it became too much for Twinny.

“Hand rearing Pickle has been an adventure – very challenging at times, but ultimately hugely rewarding, and I am absolutely delighted that we have now been able to introduce her to the other penguins,” John said.

“And, of course, this means that our visitors to the zoo can now see her as well, and share in our excitement.”

John helped Pickle break out of her shell and hand-reared her, with the help of his wife, Tracey, at first feeding her from a syringe with a blend of fish and saltwater four times a day, with the last daily feed sometimes at midnight.


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Until Pickle’s baby feathers had gone from her head, the zoo did not know her gender – now she has lost her remaining fluffy feathers, she is fully waterproof and has been able to join the other adult penguins at the zoo.

Pickle is the first grandchild of Sewerby penguin Rosie, 31, believed to be the oldest Humboldt penguin in the world.

Humboldt penguins are classed as vulnerable to extinction, so Pickle’s arrival has been particularly welcomed.

Follow the progress of the new chick – and the zoo in general – on social media on Facebook and Instagram, and online at www.sewerbyhall.co.uk

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