Saturday 24 June 2017

'Endellion' inspires penguin names

London Zoo's most recent arrivals - African black footed penguins Primrose and Regents
London Zoo's most recent arrivals - African black footed penguins Primrose and Regents

If it is good enough for the Prime Minister's daughter, it is good enough for a pair of newborn penguin chicks.

After David Cameron chose to name his little girl Endellion - a reference to the north Cornish village close to where his wife Samantha went into labour - keepers at London zoo decided to follow suit.

Primrose and Regents are the latest additions to the penguin enclosure.

The two African black-footed chicks, born to the same parents, are named after local landmarks Primrose Hill and Regent's Park.

The fluffy youngsters, who have yet to develop the striking black and white markings of adult penguins, arrived within days of each other.

Primrose, the larger of the two, was born on August 18 followed by Regents on August 21.

But it appears their parents were not quite as delighted as the Camerons.

Rejected by their mother and father, the pair are now being hand reared by keepers who feed them liquid fish three times a day.

In ten weeks - when they have lost their down and developed black and white feathers - they will be integrated back into the group.

Mrs Cameron, 39, gave birth to her daughter Florence Rose Endellion by Caesarean section on Tuesday. She and her husband were on holiday near St Endellion at the time.

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