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Missy still leads the colony around their enclosure - despite having to use a carefully deployed flipper to steady her way.<br />
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Worlds oldest Penguin discovered at a Gloucestershire sanctuary.<br />
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Missy the penguin has waddled forward to claim the crown as the oldest in the world after defying her keepers' expectations and reaching 'at least 36 years old' - a staggering 108 in human years.<br />
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Missy, a King Penguin, arrived at the Birdland wildlife park when she was at least five-years-old in 1982, and depite losing the sight in one eye she is still the leader of the colony today.<br />
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Despite her old age her keepers had no idea that she was the World's oldest, until a zoo in Denmark claimed the title with a Gentoo penguin two years younger than Missy.<br />
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Staff at Birdland Park and Gardens, in Bourton-on-the-Water in Glos. are now planning to send her details to the Guinness World Records to prove she has smashed the record.<br />
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King penguins - Aptenodytes patagonicus in Latin - are only expected to live up to 26 years in captivity.<br />
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Missy, who is blind in one eye, spends most of her time with her partner of 18 years, Seth, who is thought to be 34-years-old.