Rosie, a Humboldt penguin at the zoo at Sewerby Hall and Gardens - who turned 30 last week - has enjoyed worldwide coverage of her remarkable birthday celebrations.
Media and social media coverage of Rosie's achievement - and of her care, led by head zookeeper John Pickering - led to Rosie being featured on CBS News and ABC News in the USA, as well as Good Morning America, with a potential audience of ten million viewers!
Rosie has also featured on media and social media in Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, and John Pickering was interviewed on Newstalk Radio across Ireland. In addition, Rosie was wished a happy birthday by Lorraine Kelly on Good Morning Britain on ITV, was featured in Hello! magazine, and enjoyed coverage in a swathe of publications in all four home nations, as well as more local coverage.
Head zookeeper John Pickering said : " We have been blown away by the level of international interest in Rosie reaching this great milestone! It is obviously a real shame that we can't let the public in at the moment to share her birthday celebrations, but I am very pleased that we have been to share her birthday around the world!"
Marie Gascoigne, general manager of Sewerby Hall and Gardens, added : "I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to put Sewerby Hall and Gardens on the international map, thanks to the great achievements of our team at the zoo, and we look forward to being able to welcome the public back in the future to see Rosie and all the other animals in our now world -famous zoo!"
Reaching the great age of 30 is a real achievement, both for Rosie and the zoo staff who look after her. Life expectancy of Humboldt penguins in the wild is 15-20, and Rosie is believed to be one of the oldest penguins in the UK.
During the current closure period, staff at the zoo are still working hard to look after the animals, and are also regularly posting updates and videos of daily life in the zoo. Follow Sewerby Hall and Gardens on facebook to keep up to date.
Cookies are files saved in the browser of your computer, tablet or phone, when you visit a website. These cookies store various information such as whether you are logged in, what pages you visit, user preferences, and can be linked to online marketing campaigns. More information is available in the advanced cookie settings area below, as well as in the Cookies Statement.
You can change your cookies settings at any time by visiting the Cookies page or from the Cookies link in the footer.Accept all cookies Reject all cookies
Necessary cookies are required to enable core functionality, such as logging in. These can only be turned off by changing your browser preferences.
Statistics cookies measure web usage, such as Google Analytics and Hotjar. These cookies store information anonymously, such as what pages are visiting, which links are clicked and length of time on page.
User settings cookies can store preferences such as default leisure centre location.
Marketing cookies are used to track ad performance, such as Facebook posts, and provide data to third parties for targeted ads.