Meet the real-life Monty the penguin: Meet Slippy the penguin who is looking for love this Christmas just like lovable John Lewis bird
Meet Slippy the lonely penguin who is looking for love this Christmas – just like Monty in the John Lewis advert.
Unlucky in love three-year-old Slippy – a Humboldt penguin – is still looking for a mate after all her friends were coupled off more than a year ago.
Penguins mate for life, and keepers earmarked two male penguins as possible mates for Slippy after she was rejected by the rest of the group.
But in an unexpected twist, her two male suitors shunned her again – to pair up with EACH OTHER.
Catrin Thomas, penguin keeper at Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire where Slippy lives, is confused as to why she is still alone.
Catrin, 25, said: “I don’t understand it – Slippy is a real catch.
“She’s just like Monty – looking for love this Christmas.
“All of the other penguins coupled off this time last year and we had two males in mind for her.
“When it came down to it they decided to get together with each other, which was a shame for her.”
Slippy arrived at Folly Farm 18 months ago and it was hoped she would couple off with one of the male birds who had come down with her, as is normal.
Penguins naturally choose their own partner, but it is ordinarily a bird they already know from another zoo.
Catrin is hoping that one of three chicks, who were born this year, will catch her eye, but that means waiting at least another 12 months for them to mature.
She said: “We are hoping she will partner up next year but we can’t be certain.
“The chicks have already started to follow her round trying to catch her eye.
“They’re too young for her at the moment so they’ll have to wait.
“Male Humboldt penguins do all the chasing – they make the nest and then start trying to attract a mate.
“The females then pick the penguin with the nicest home – they’re a bit like gold-diggers really.”