Gentoo penguins at the National Sea Life Centre enjoy a Valentine’s Day serenade

14 February 2018, 11:39 | Updated: 14 February 2018, 11:48

Why should humans be the only ones who are made to feel special this 14th February? This year, the Gentoo penguins at Birmingham’s National Sea Life Centre were treated to a special surprise

Violinist Markéta Nádvorníková, a student at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, performed for the centre’s Gentoo penguins as a Valentine’s Day treat.

Two of the centre’s penguins, Arabel and Pablo, had become parents last year when they welcomed two baby chicks (Hulk and Dumpling).

The centre wanted to give the new parents a treat, so invited Markéta to perform and prepared a romantic dinner à deux for the pair. The main course was fish, naturally.

Markéta Nádvorníková said: “Students at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire get to play in some of the world’s greatest venues, but this is certainly the most unique place I’ve performed in!

“I am delighted to have played my part in creating such a special Valentine’s Day for the National Sea Life Centre’s infamous penguins and hope that my performance has helped reignite a spark ahead of breeding season.”

Find out more about the National Sea Life Centre's Gentoo penguins.