When Pingu the baby penguin had to be separated from its family because its greedy brother ate all of its food, zookeepers were afraid that it was lonely ... so they got it a penguin doll!
'The cuddly penguin toy is something for the chick to cosy up to and be comforted by - a surrogate family for the time being.' Pingu is living in a snug den made out of foam matting and towels with a shelter to imitate a normal burrow. [...]
Keeper Lois Rowell added: 'The chick is quiet but quite inquisitive. It enjoys a shallow warm bath and being preened by us when its feathers need a clean up.' The youngster will return to the colony when it is strong enough to compete with the others for food.
As well as a stuffed penguin Pingu also cuddles up to a toy puffin.
Photo: Adam Gerrard / SWNS