Estimated reading time 2 minutes 2 Min

Penguin killed by fox in zoo enclosure

Much-loved penguin Mrs Wolowitz has been attacked and killed by a fox at Edinburgh Zoo, but officials say the rest of the colony were not hurt and are doing well.

August 12, 2022
By Lucinda Cameron, PA Scotland
12 August 2022

The oldest penguin at Edinburgh Zoo has died after she was attacked by a fox which broke into her enclosure.

Mrs Wolowitz died following the incident on Wednesday night.

The zoo said the other penguins in the colony were not hurt and are doing well.

Edinburgh Zoo penguins
Edinburgh Zoo is home to different penguin species. (PA)

In a social media post late on Thursday, the zoo said: “We know so many of you loved Mrs Wolowitz, our oldest penguin.

“Sadly, we lost her last night after a fox broke into our penguin enclosure. Thankfully, the rest of our colony are unharmed and are doing well.

“Her massive personality will be missed.”

The zoo said its expert teams check the enclosures daily for signs of damage but there is always a risk that wild animals will break in.

“We are looking at what we can do to further reinforce the boundary,” is said.

The penguins’ rock colony at the zoo is home to three species, with more than 100 penguins.

More in The Planet