Edinburgh Zoo’s oldest penguin has been killed after a fox invaded its enclosure, staff have said.
Ms Wolowitz, 35, a northern rock hopper with a “huge personality,” was attacked late Wednesday. Other penguins in the enclosure were uninjured and doing well, the zoo added.
In a tweet on Thursday evening, the zoo said: “Unfortunately, we lost her last night after a fox broke into our penguin enclosure. Fortunately, the rest of our colony is unharmed and doing well.
“Her huge personality will be missed.”
It added that zookeepers checked the enclosures daily, but there was always a risk of intrusion from wild animals.
“We are looking at what we can do to further strengthen the border,” he said.
Penguins Rock, Europe’s largest outdoor penguin pool, is home to over 100 birds of three species.
In June, Colchester Zoo lost its 21-year-old Patagonian sea lion.
Paris, who had been at the zoo for 19 years, died while being examined for an ear infection “despite all efforts to help her”.
Last year, an electrical failure at a petting zoo sparked a fire that killed cockatoos, macaws, parrots, meerkats, armadillos and skunks.
Maldon Promenade Petting Zoo’s shed in Essex said: “We will never forget the beautiful animals we lost in such tragic circumstances. We care about.”