...named King FRED from the ICE – honouring the Olympic values of Friendship, Respect, Equality, Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Excellence
This Antarctic King Penguin is a recent acquisition by the Gilbert White’s House & Garden and The Oates Collection, facilitated by colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey.
He was displayed from 2012, marking the centenary of the death of Captain Lawrence Oates and the year of the London Olympics. The King Penguin is named 'King FRED from the ICE' – honouring the Olympic values of Friendship, Respect, Equality, Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Excellence – qualities illustrated by Oates and the Scott Antarctic Expedition 100 years before.
The specimen, a juvenile male, was located for the museum by scientists of the British Antarctic Survey, whilst undertaking their on-going research in Antarctica during the summer of 2011. They found the penguin shortly after it had died of natural causes.
Transport was arranged to the Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust. where the penguin was preserved by an expert taxidermist. In the autumn of 2011, it was transported to Selborne with the assistance of colleagues at the Falkland Islands Museum and British Antarctic Survey.
In the autumn of 2012 the British Antarctic Survey located a recently deceased Emperor Penguin whilst undertaking on-going scientific research in Antarctica and it will be preserved by a taxidermist.
This means that the Oates Collection at Gilbert White’s House in Selborne will soon have an example of each of the species of Antarctic penguin. Ranging in size from largest to smallest these are: Emperor Penguin; King Penguin; Gentoo Penguin; Adelie Penguin; Chinstrap Penguin; and Macaroni Penguin.
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