The spectators cry for Fingal, the penguin

Inside The Zoo, produced by BBC Scotland, launched last night on BBC Two and had viewers crying for a poor penguin.

The documentary series, set at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park, featured Fingal the Penguin.


Inside The Zoo, produced by BBC Scotland, had viewers screaming their eyes out (Credit: BBC)

What happened to Fingal on the BBC Scotland series Inside The Zoo?

Fingal was infected by mold in the environment.

A veterinarian on the program, which first aired last year, said, “Aspergillosis is an infection caused by Aspergillus, a family of molds found in the environment.

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“Penguins and other birds in particular can be very susceptible to infection from these molds, and that is exactly what happened in Fingal’s case.”

Final would not eat and lose a lot of weight.


Fingal got sick and lost weight (Credit: BBC)

Unfortunately, one of the staff at the zoo said, “Fingal deteriorated pretty quickly overnight and it was a very difficult decision, but since he was going downhill it wasn’t fair to keep going.”

They decided to go to sleep for Fingal.

Anyone who has ever had a pet will know the excruciating decision of having them euthanized.

Heartbreakingly, Inside The Zoo showed another penguin approaching Fingal in their enclosure and apparently saying goodbye one last time

One of the zoo workers said, “For many of us, we’ve all been looking after him for more than five years. To see this animal then get sick is really difficult. “

The vet told the audience, “Anyone who has ever had a pet will know how agonizing the decision to have them euthanized is. It’s a terrible, heartbreaking decision … for Fingal we just thought it was too much for him to continue. “


Vets decided to put Fingal to sleep (Image credit: BBC)

What did the viewers of Inside The Zoo say?

On Twitter, Fingal’s death had Beeb viewers roaring.

One said, “I am not crying over a penguin that I have known for five minutes to be euthanized.”

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Another tweeted: “#InsideTheZoo broke me. Poor Fingal. “

A third said they would “cry really ugly” and see Inside The Zoo.

A fourth wrote with all the capital cities and a crying emoji: “FINGAL!”

Inside The Zoo, which airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on BBC Two, has Gail Porter as the narrator.

Harry Bell, a producer on the series, said, “What the army of zookeepers, veterinarians and experts are doing behind the scenes at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park is just as fascinating, fun and exotic as the animals they care for.”

– Episodes from Inside The Zoo can be streamed on iPlayer

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