Edinburgh Zoo hits back at Twitter 'activist' who trolled keepers after oldest penguin killed by fox | The Sun

EDINBURGH Zoo have hit back at 'vegan activist' after they made jibe when announcing the death of their oldest penguin.

The zoo posted on Twitter to announce the news that Mrs Wolowitz, the UK's oldest penguin had passed away on Thursday after a fox broke into the penguin enclosure.

The Tweet 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 resort of our colony are unharmed and doing well.

"Her massive personality will be missed."

Visitors took the comments to share their sadness over her death also faced some backlash.

One user said: "She's free at last not locked up and gawped at by the paying public any more #Freedom"

But the zoo hit back telling the user their conservation charity works helps to protect Northern Rockhoppers in the wild.

They said: "Mrs Wolowitz was loved by our keepers and visitors.

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"At 35, she was double her life expectancy and was with us since birth.

"Our conservation charity works to protect Northern Rockhoppers in the wild and is part of the breeding programme for the endangered species."

The team at the zoo reassured visitors they are doing everything they can to protect the remaining penguins.

They said: "Our 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."

There are over 100 penguins at Penguin Rock including Gentoo penguins, King penguins and Northern Rockhopper penguins.

The rock has Europe's largest outdoor swimming pool at 65 metres long and 3.5 metres at it's deepest point and contains 1.2million litres of water.

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