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On this day in 1967: penguins ice skated in London

Posted at 8:30 am, August 24, 2012 in Fun London
Rockhopper penguin by Suneko

Though we may have been pleased to see the sun last week, the sticky heat that came with it wasn’t such a welcome guest. And if we were feeling the city heat, just imagine how London’s penguins are suffering! The Antarctic natives may have their cooling needs met in today’s zoos but it wasn’t so easy to keep the birds icy cold 48 years ago. On 24 August 1967, keepers at Chessington Zoo were so concerned about the welfare of two of their penguins during a 27 degree heatwave that they took the pair of Rockhopper penguins to an ice rink in Streatham. The bolshie animals took to the ice like ducks to water and gave their fellow skaters a run for their money. Now that’s what we call chilling out. Carly-Ann Clements

If the heat is getting too much for you, check out our list of indoor ice-skating venues.

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