Spike the penguin crowned world’s best

By Jill Dando News

A penguin called Spike has been crowned the world’s favourite.

Photo credit – Facebook Spike the King Penguin

Spike, of Birdland in the Cotswolds, UK, gained the most votes in the international competition held by charity Penguins International

Photo from Facebook – Spike the King Penguin

The King Penguin was hatched at the centre in Bourton on the Water in 2007 and hand-reared after his mother and father abandoned him.

Birdland congratulated Spike and said he was now the “undisputed most popular penguin in the world”.

Spike, who has 15,000 Facebook followers, has been featured in a David Attenborough TV programme called Natural Curiosities and even had his own segment on a programme called Penguins Make You Laugh Out Loud.

He also features on Christmas and birthday cards, as well as on the front cover of encyclopaedias, and in books and magazines.

Spike was up against Mai, an African penguin who lives in Hawaii.

The Penguins Madness challenge competition aims to raise awareness of the plight of wild penguins.

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