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Grandpa Grape-kun's Zoo Event Jeopardized Due to Health

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

The Tobu Zoo's Humboldt penguin Grape-kun is in his twilight years at 21-years-old. Yet, he won the hearts of visitors and netizens after a love affair between the penguin and a cardboard cut-out of Humboldt penguin from Kemono Friends emerged during a collaboration campaign. The penguin developed a fan following that analyzed perceived courtship displays by Grape-kun and wrung their hands when the collaboration ended and it seemed the two would be separated.

Instead, the zookeepers kept the two together except for a brief stint during a recent typhoon. The zoo also announced it is organizing a "Fall Grape Festival" event for fans on November 11 and November 25. Posters announced new Grape-kun, YMD, and NMT goods. YMD and NMT are two of the penguin zookeepers.

Unfortunately, Grape-kun's health has taken a turn for the worse and he was taken off display along with his beloved cut-out. Keepers will return Grape-kun to his enclosure based on when his health recovers. Fans shared supportive artwork on the Tobu Zoo Twitter account.

[Via Otakomu]

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