AN early Easter egg hunt proved especially memorable for keepers at London Zoo.
Staff discovered the first penguin egg laid in the park's new Penguin Beach exhibition, and must now search every nest box twice a day for similar treasure.
Keepers must discreetly peer inside the boxes, which are dotted around the 1,200 square metre enclosure, or use a thin pole to gently feel around inside for an egg.
Penguins usually mate for life, and with 20 loved-up Humboldt penguin pairs living in the attraction, the keepers are excited about the prospect of welcoming some new chicks.
Head bird keeper Adrian Walls said: “It’s important for us to check the nest boxes twice everyday so that we know when each egg is laid, as this helps us to work out when the chick is due to hatch.
“We check if the eggs are fertile and monitor them regularly, to make sure mum and dad are doing everything they should be - and fingers crossed we’ll hear the pitter patter of tiny penguin feet very soon.”
Once hatched, zookeepers will keep a close eye on the fluffy chicks as they grow, moving them into the penguin nursery when they are big enough to splash around in the specially designed baby pool.