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Penguins 'do a Daly' in zoo's pool

Published 29/03/2012 | 20:10

A Humboldt Penguin jumps from the new London 2012 Olympics-themed diving board at London Zoo
A Humboldt Penguin jumps from the new London 2012 Olympics-themed diving board at London Zoo
An African Blackfooted Penguin stands on the new London 2012 Olympics-themed diving board at London Zoo

Penguins have put their diving skills to the test after a custom-made springboard was installed in ZSL London Zoo.

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Having been awarded the London 2012 Organising Committee's Inspired By 2012 mark for its summer Animal Athletes programme, London Zoo has unveiled its take on the 2012 Olympics' Aquatic Centre.

Erected at the deepest point of the recently built pool, a custom-made springboard has given the four species of penguin present in Penguin Beach a chance to demonstrate their diving prowess.

Head bird keeper Adrian Walls said penguins love nothing more than to show off their diving skills and visitors should "see them giving Tom Daly a run for his money".

The ZSL London Zoo will see more creatures come down with Olympics fever as the Animal Athletes programme continues, with these belly-flopping penguins giving a fishy flavour of what is to come.

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