An urban fox massacred the sea birds in June
The massacre took place at Penguin Bay towards the end of June.
The fox snuck into their enclosure at Chessington
A sign outside Penguin Bay said they had been previously moved while alterations were made to the enclosure
It said: “Our Humboldt Penguins are currently enjoying their other home behind-the-scenes while we make alterations to Penguin Bay.”
A source reportedly said: “The attack happened at the end of June when the night security and zoo staff were not monitoring as they should have been.
“There is CCTV footage on site at the park.
“The male penguins can be seen trying to protect the babies from the attack, sadly all bar one of the males were killed as well as all the babies.
“The one surviving male is actually seriously injured too
“It was absolutely savage – I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Lisa Britton, Assistant Zoo Manager at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, has now said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of eight of our Humboldt Penguins, which it is apparent were killed by an urban fox that infiltrated their home at Penguin Bay overnight at the end of June.
One severely injured penguin has reportedly survived the savage attack
“Another penguin was injured, but received veterinary care and has made a full recovery.
“We are investigating why this happened, as Penguin Bay, only built in 2015, had special measures put in place specifically to deter foxes and therefore we are shocked and sadden at this news.
“The eight Humboldt Penguins, five adults and three infants, were part of a group of 28 here at the Resort, which we know are extremely popular with our guests, and much loved by all of us here, especially our dedicated Zoo Team.
“Our remaining penguins have been moved to a secure area while we take additional measures to secure Penguin Bay, which we hope to reopen as soon as possible.
“The health, safety and welfare of our animals is the primary concern to us here at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. We are a member of EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums), and BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums), both of which have strict codes of practice and ethics covering animal management, conservation, education research and operations”
The Penguin Bay water enclosure remains closed to visitors.
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