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Penguins arrive at new £75,000 home

PUBLISHED: 17:52 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 20:36 26 March 2018

Some of the Humboldt penguins were returned over the weekend to the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

Some of the Humboldt penguins were returned over the weekend to the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

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Complete with plenty of sand, rocks and a pool, this brand new enclosure has everything a penguin looks for in a home.

13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

And members of the latest colony to arrive in Norfolk - including the imaginatively named Fluffy McFluffy Face - seemed pretty content with their £75,000 new digs.

The larger enclosure has been built at Hunstanton’s Sea Life Sanctuary to house the new additions, who arrived from Scarborough, Holland, Belgium and Weymouth to join the existing Humboldt family.

13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

It grows the original colony from 10 birds to more than 20.

Lead aquarist Natalie Emmerson said: “We are all very excited to welcome the new birds and hope they will bond well with our original colony.

13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

“Several of the birds, including Fluffy McFluffy Face, our first penguin chick who was born at the sanctuary last year hasn’t found a partner yet and we have high hopes the new females will be interested.”

The penguin enclosure will officially open to visitors on Thursday, March 29.

13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt13 Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

On their return to the Sea Life Sanctuary at Hunstanton, the penguins were weighed and tagged by animal care team members (L) Natalie Emmerson and Jemma McGuinness. Picture: Ian BurtOn their return to the Sea Life Sanctuary at Hunstanton, the penguins were weighed and tagged by animal care team members (L) Natalie Emmerson and Jemma McGuinness. Picture: Ian Burt

On their return to the Sea Life Sanctuary at Hunstanton, the penguins were weighed and tagged by animal care team members (L) Natalie Emmerson and Jemma McGuinness. Picture: Ian BurtOn their return to the Sea Life Sanctuary at Hunstanton, the penguins were weighed and tagged by animal care team members (L) Natalie Emmerson and Jemma McGuinness. Picture: Ian Burt


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