Two Scotland teens have completed a three-day, 50-mile walk to raise funds to help a local zoo pay for swimming pool care and maintenance for its population of penguins, according to local reports.
A leak caused the penguin pool at the Edinburgh Zoo to close down recently, and local teens Edward Grierson and Sandy Fotheringham took it upon themselves to help raise the money to fix it, reports STV. The pair of 13-year-olds set out April 9 from Perthshire and arrived at the zoo on the afternoon of April 11.
"I would like to say a huge thank you to Edward and Sandy on behalf of Edinburgh Zoo and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland for their hard work and determination in fundraising for our animal enclosures," Colin Oulton, bird team leader at the Edinburgh Zoo, told the news source. "Their great contribution will help us to carry out the maintenance program on our penguin enclosure."
To move the birds from their enclosure, zookeepers held a sort of "penguin parade," according to Deadline News. Each of the zoo's 29 penguins was carried in a 15-minute procession to their new temporary home in an old rock hyrax enclosure.