Flamingo PR delivers global coverage for Birdland’s King Penguin
However keepers at our client Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water believed that their king penguin, named Missy, could be even older. Since Flamingo Marketing announced this yesterday – the media interest has been global with coverage from Australia to New York and even Uganda.
Missy’s VIP (very important penguin) status has soared as she capitalises on her OAP (old age penguin) popularity. In demand by BBC, ITV, Sky News and CBBC, the Birdland website visitors shot up! She’s also been featured in the nationals – with the images taken by our fabulous photographer Phil from Bournemouth News & Pictures including – Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Times, Independent, Metro and many more,I as well as the regional media including Gloucester Echo. Al and Chris, the specialist Birdland Keepers have been kept even busier than usual providing radio interviews and television filming!
Missy is the matriarch of England’s only colony of king penguins. She arrived as an adult at the Birdland park back in 1982. Despite losing the sight in one eye, Missy is still very much a bird to be reckoned with and spends much of her time alongside Seth, her devoted penguin partner of 18 years.
Birdland’s Simon Blackwell said: “Although we cannot categorically age Missy we do know she was an adult when she came to Birdland and king penguins take five years to become fully mature.
“Therefore she must be, at the very least, 36 years old and she could actually be significantly older.
“She has very much become one of the most loved birds here at the park and she’s definitely top of the pecking order among the penguins.
“The fact that she can only see out of one eye doesn’t appear to have slowed her down at all and she uses one of her wings as a guide against the side of her enclosure to help her navigate her way around.
“Her partner Seth is also no spring chicken. He arrived two years after Missy but must also be in his early thirties.
According to the Guinness World Records the oldest penguin ever in captivity was Rocky, a rockhopper penguin who was one of six who arrived at Bergen Aquarium, Norway in 1974 and lived there until his death in October 2003, aged 29 years, four months.
There are 17 species of penguin in the world and the king penguin is the second largest, weighing up to 18kg. The largest is the emperor penguin, which can weigh 45kg and the smallest is the appropriately-named little penguin
which weighs two kilogrammes.