While it's not the baby news that tabloids all over the U.K. are waiting for with bated breath, Prince William and Kate Middleton — now known as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — are nonetheless now parents.
The Chester Zoo, the most-visited wildlife attraction in Britain, has bestowed the adoption of an adorable baby Humboldt penguin upon the couple as a wedding present. The little guy, named Acorn, will remain at the zoo with his 49 other friends, but officials are hopeful that the royal couple might stop by to pay a visit.
"It's a real honour to be able to boast Prince William and Kate as penguin adopters," a zoo spokesperson said. "Hopefully the happy couple will come and see little Acorn playing in his pool very soon."
The Humboldt penguin, an endangered species, was chosen from 400 species suggested by the zoo to its social media followers as a potential wedding present. It won with 20 percent of the vote.
The current wild population is estimated to be only 3,300-12,000 animals — with numbers decreasing due to habitat destruction in its native coastal areas of Peru and Chile. The Chester Zoo helps to fund conservation programs in the penguin's homeland through its adoption program.
"By adopting an animal at Chester Zoo, you are not only contributing towards our massive animal food bill but you are also playing a direct part in conservation by helping to save species from extinction," the spokesperson said, adding that the zoo would love to have William and Kate renew the 12-month adoption at the end of the year.
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