Cornwall penguins live real life John Lewis love story


As the nation’s hearts melt a little more with every airing of the new John Lewis advert, four previously lone penguins are creating their very own love story down here in Cornwall.

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Some of you will have met Lola, Pine, Gilbert and Yoni if you visited the Cornish Seal Sanctuary during your UK family breaks - the youngest of the attraction’s birds would have been far more interested showing off to their visitors and playing around, with romance taking a back seat.

That is until recently, when the animal care team noticed the couples indulging in more and more canoodling!

When female penguin Lola's partner died, Pine was introduced in hope they would fall for each other. But Lola fell for Gilbert instead.

Pine was left single but now he has found the centre's last lone female Yoni.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary Animal Care Supervisor, Tamara Cooper, said: "They usually pair up for life and the first bond is usually the strongest, so if one of them unfortunately passes away, the bond they have after that usually won't be as strong. But we have not really found that case at all and they are completely head over heels in love.”

"They are doing all of the callings to each other, when they're not together they're call for each other. Yoni will bring Pine into the nest box with her and do they will do all the beak tapping with each other, which means they have a really strong bond.”

Who knows how this story might develop over the coming months. When you guys visit the Seal Sanctuary during next year’s weekend breaks UK, there could be engagements and baby penguins... ;-)