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Panda fans hit by penguin droppings

Published 20/12/2011 | 19:22

Queues of people waiting to see the UK's only pair of giant pandas are being hit by penguin droppings
Queues of people waiting to see the UK's only pair of giant pandas are being hit by penguin droppings

Queues of people waiting to see the UK's only pair of giant pandas are being hit by penguin droppings.

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Edinburgh Zoo said the rockhopper penguins, whose enclosure borders the pandas' new home, could be suffering from "monochrome jealousy" of Tian Tian and Yang Guang, who arrived from China at the start of December.

The zoo is now considering installing a glass panel to protect the visitors from the droppings.

Gary Wilson, Director of Business Operations at the zoo said the penguins were "extremely curious" about the pandas.

He said: "Our rockhopper penguins in particular have been watching the events at the panda enclosure below with great interest, ever since work started on the enclosure.

"Extremely curious birds, they often gather next to the wall to see what's happening below. We're hoping it's not a case of monochrome jealousy, but one or two of our rockhoppers seem to have had surprisingly good aim.

"As far as we're aware it's just happened once and the person laughed it off good naturedly, but we think it's best to look into a solution, probably in the form of a glass panel so that the visitors' view of the penguins isn't obscured."

A 41-year-old, who didn't want to be named, told the BBC: "We were queuing to see the pandas when a man in front shouted out in surprise that his jacket had been hit by a big dollop of penguin poo.

"It was really oily and stank of fish. It was disgusting. It was quite funny but the zoo should do something so it doesn't happen to anyone else."

Tian Tian and Yang Guang are to stay in Scotland for at least 10 years. They went on display to the public for the first time last Monday - and 10,000 people have booked tickets to see them.

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