Gertrude – she’s famous don’t you know!

Gertrude - the 70 year old flamingo has become a bit of a celebrity

Have you met Gertrude as yet?
She’s becoming a bit of a local celebrity.

Gertrude, one of our 62 flamingos at Pensthorpe, has recently hit the news for laying her first egg at nearly 70 years of age.

She has been unlucky in love until this season. Sadly, Gertrude’s egg was not fertile and therefore won’t result in a chick. Gertrude always struggled to find a partner but has now settled down with her newfound love, Gil, aged 37. After a period of flirting, the pairing has led Gertrude to lay her first egg – which is very rare for a flamingo of her age. And has proved, you’re never to old in life to find your mate.

 

On average, in the wild flamingos live for 30-40 years, but the oldest flamingo on record as 83 years old! Sadly the worlds oldest flamingo was put to sleep at Adelaide Zoo, Australia, in January 2014 due to health complications.

 

The BBC Reported:

‘Unlucky in love’ flamingo lays first egg aged 70

Flamboyance of flamingos at Pensthorpe

A flamingo who was described as having been “unlucky in love” has laid her first egg at a nature reserve aged 70.

Gertrude is part of a flamboyance of more than 65 flamingos at Pensthorpe nature reserve near Fakenham, Norfolk.

The reserve is awaiting new arrivals of flaminglets, as many of the birds are currently sitting on their nests before their eggs hatch.

Ben Marshall, the reserve’s managing director, said: “Flamingos might live 40 years and Gertrude is 70, so [at] that ripe old age to be able to display [maternal] characteristics is amazing.”

Read the full story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cyrr8zk1r3zo

 

ITV News published:

‘Love-shy’ 70-year-old flamingo lays first egg in Norfolk with her ‘toy boy’ boyfriend

Gertrude the Flamingo in Norfolk lays her first egg Credit: Pensthorpe Nature Reserve
Despite laying her first egg with her boyfriend, it’s unlikely it will hatch. 

A “love-shy” flamingo aged 70 has laid her first egg after settling down with her ‘toy boy’ boyfriend.

Gertrude, a flamingo at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve in Fakenham, Norfolk, has ‘always struggled’ to find a partner but has now settled down with her newfound love, Gil, aged 37.

After a period of flirting, the pairing has led Gertrude to lay her first egg – which is very rare for a flamingo of her age.

Read the full report: https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2024-05-22/love-shy-flamingo-lays-first-egg-aged-70-with-her-toy-boy-boyfriend

 

If you would like to see Gertrude, make sure you book to visit Pensthorpe: https://tickets.pensthorpe.com/book/day-tickets/31

Plus, join our Aviculturist team every day this May Half Term at 11:30am for daily flamingo talks. You will learn more about our 62-strong flamboyance at Pensthorpe. 
May Half Term at Pensthorpe – from Saturday 25th May 2024 – Sunday 2nd June 2024. Book your general admission tickets now: https://tickets.pensthorpe.com/book/day-tickets/31

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