Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Video/Gallery: Penguins have found love at Banham Zoo just like Monty in heart-warming John Lewis Christmas advert

10:24 11 November 2014

Happy penguin with head keeper Sarah Jermy

Happy penguin with head keeper Sarah Jermy

Penguins are likely to be the must-see attraction at Banham Zoo this weekend after a Christmas advert created for John Lewis featuring Monty the Penguin went viral.

Loved up penguins at Banham ZooLoved up penguins at Banham Zoo

Monty needs a helping hand finding his perfect partner Mabel, but at Banham they have found their own mates.

“They usually pair themselves off, we don’t put any of them together specifically,” said Sarah Jermy, head keeper at the zoo on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. “And once they have found a mate they usually stick together, they form a life-long bond.”

The zoo currently houses 21 African penguins including several breeding pairs and a number of babies.

Sarah is expecting them to be even more popular than ever this weekend, although visitors hunting for a Monty may be disappointed.

“We haven’t got a Monty here, but we do we have a Bert, and his mate is called Mrs Bert, and then we have Jabba who jabs at you.

“We don’t name all of them, just the ones that are hand-reared or the ones that have a real personality. At one point we had a Rosie and Jim, who were our first twins.”

Penguin gifts are likely to be top of everyone’s Christmas list this year thanks to the heart-warming advert but John Lewis reported their Monty penguin toy and other Monty gifts sold out within 24 hours of the advert first being screened.

But you could still “Give someone the Christmas they’ve been dreaming of” with a little help from Banham Zoo.

“You can adopt one of our penguins for someone you love this Christmas,” said Sarah. “By adopting a penguin you are helping our work, helping us sustain the penguin colony and also funding research, it is a gift that will really make a difference.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A crewman has died after a boiler backfired in the engine room of the Manhattan Bridge container ship as it was docking at Felixstowe port last night – causing an “explosion”.

Being a grown up usually means a life of responsibility, stress and mature behaviour, but you know what they say about ‘all work and no play’...

More than half the homes in Suffolk are in the bottom two council tax bands it has emerged.

A Suffolk man has been evicted from his hospital bed by court order after he “unnecessarily” refused to leave for more than two years.

The number of people caught carrying a bladed weapon in Suffolk has risen to its highest level for six years.

Just months after former Suffolk footballer Shaun Whiter was left for dead after a horrific hit and run accident, he is set to take on a 150-mile cycling challenge.

A 42-year-old man arrested following a two-day stand-off with police has been released on bail and will be taken into the care of health professionals.

The morning skies have been putting on a striking show of colour and light over Suffolk this week.

A seven-year-old girl was taken to hospital after the car she was travelling in came off the road and hit a wall.

Ed Sheeran may soon be performing live on stage once more – hot on the heels of his latest album’s release.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24