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Missy The Penguin Could Be World's Oldest
A penguin who lives at a Gloucestershire bird park could be the world's oldest ever to live in captivity, according to her keepers.
Missy the king penguin is thought to be 36 - two years older than the current Guinness World Records holder.
Keepers at Birdland, in Bourton on the Water, say Missy arrived at the park as an adult in 1982.
Manager Simon Blackwell said: "Although we cannot categorically age Missy, we do know she was an adult when she came to Birdland and king penguins take five years to become fully mature.
"Therefore she must be, at the very least, 36 years old and she could actually be significantly older."
Despite losing her sight in one eye, Missy remains the matriarch of the colony and spends much of her time alongside Seth, her devoted partner of 18 years.
Her activities, as well as those of her colony, can be viewed by webcam from the park.
Mr Blackwell added: "She has very much become one of the most loved birds here at the park and she's definitely top of the pecking order among the penguins.
"Her partner Seth is also no spring chicken. He arrived two years after Missy but must also be in his early thirties.
"They're certainly the star couple as he had a leading role in the 1992 film Batman Returns playing an evil penguin alongside Danny DeVito."
In May, Odense Zoo in Denmark laid claim to the title and said one of its Gentoo birds was the oldest living penguin in captivity at the grand age of 34.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest penguin ever in captivity was Rocky, a rockhopper which was one of six that arrived at Bergen Aquarium, Norway, in 1974 and lived there until his death in October 2003, aged 29 years and four months.
There are 17 species of penguin and the king penguin is the second largest, weighing up to 18kg. The largest is the emperor penguin, which can weigh up to 45kg.