Penguins chill out in ski snow

1st August 2011.'Penguins at the Scarborough Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary Centre get 8 tonnes of real snow form Sno!zone, Castleford.''Pictured George ( who is a girl) takes her first walk on the new snow'Picture by Gerard Binks.
1st August 2011.'Penguins at the Scarborough Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary Centre get 8 tonnes of real snow form Sno!zone, Castleford.''Pictured George ( who is a girl) takes her first walk on the new snow'Picture by Gerard Binks.

A SPECIAL delivery of snow from Castleford’s SnoZone is helping penguins chill out in Scarborough.

Ten tonnes of frozen water from the Glass Houghton indoor snow slope was dropped off in cooler containers for ten Humboldt penguins at Scarborough Sea Life centre.

Although the penguins are naturally found in the warmer climates of Peru and Chile, the snow has provided a welcome relief from the summer heat at a difficult time of the year.

Lyndsey Crawford, displays curator at the centre, said: “Our penguins have been through a lot this year, with vandals breaking into their enclosure in April, so we thought they deserved a nice treat.

“The penguins love waddling around in the snow and having a really chilled time.”

Emma Darvill, from SnoZone, said it had definitely been one of their more unusual deliveries.

She added: “We’ve delivered it to houses at Christmas, but never to a penguin enclosure in the middle of summer,” she said.

“It’s quite strange to see snow on the ground in August but it’s a bit different and it will keep the penguins nice and cool until it melts.”