Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 9°C


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.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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 65-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving and failing to notify the authorities of a disability after a cyclist sustained life-threatening injuries in Ipswich.

An Ipswich Hospital receptionist is paying the price for her curiosity today after illegally accessing patients’ medical records landed her in court.

Motorists in Suffolk are being warned to watch out for traffic delays as three abnormal loads slowly make their way along the county’s roads over the next two weeks.

Golden envelopes handed to the first customers through the door of Suffolk newest Co-op store could contain special prizes tomorrow.

A 76-year-old benefit cheat who falsely claimed more than £13,000 over a seven-year period is to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.

An Ipswich Town season ticket holder and lifelong Suffolk resident is already back at work just nine weeks after pioneering new surgery removed a large brain tumour.

A Suffolk vet says he was presented with the strangest case of his career after a puppy bit off more than it could chew.

Groups of ‘thugs’ went on a destructive rampage on Norwich Road in Ipswich at the weekend - kicking down garden walls, smashing bins and leaving the area looking ‘like a bomb site’.

Three fire crews were called to reports of a blaze along a Suffolk railway embankment this morning.

Couples seeking help in conceiving are invited to an open day at Ipswich Hospital to meet fertility experts.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24