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Twitter is losing its mind over Mumbai's newly-acquired penguins

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 July 2016, 17:46 IST

Is Pingu lost? No, da. Pingu's come to stay. Mumbai's Byculla Zoo is now home to a rookery of newly-arrived penguins from Seoul, South Korea.

This colony of Humboldt penguins - comprising three females, three males (all adult), and two baby female penguins - are currently quarantined for 90 days. A 200 sq ft pool has been created for them for now. The penguins will be allowed visitors from December onwards.

Dr Sanjay Tripathi, director of VJB Zoo, says: "They arrived by flight kept in a special casing and as soon as they reached the zoo, they were shifted to the quarantine area that has all the facilities, including temperature control, air purifiers and others. They were even given food that includes ... sardines, which are easily available in Mumbai."

Clarifying their stand on the issue of penguins living in India, he said: "We have all the permissions and the zoo is trying to create a world-class infrastructure for keeping these penguins. The enclosure for public viewing will be ready in three months and so will be the quarantine period, and then we can directly shift them."

Twitter, however, is not happy. Chuck the money spent to bring them here, how will penguins, who are used to temperatures in the negative, survive Mumbai's humidity and heat?


Edited by Aishwarya Yerra

First published: 27 July 2016, 17:46 IST