Hi there, I’m Bruce, one of the Northern Rockhopper Penguins here at Edinburgh Zoo. I’m 13 years old and quite the character! I’m named after Bruce Willis, and it’s not hard to see why – when I first arrived at the zoo from Vienna in 2012, I was bald like him and hadn’t yet grown my signature crest.
I love to interact with my keepers, and I’m known for being a bit flirty with them – even in front of my “wife” Pinhead! Every morning, I greet my keepers with a honk and follow them around throughout the day, making sure they’re doing their jobs properly.
Last year, I successfully reared and fledged my first chick, a wee girl named Frankie. I was a fantastic dad, if I do say so myself. It was an incredible experience, and I felt so proud to have played a part in bringing new life into the world.
Finally, I have to mention my claim to fame: I’m a GIF! A few years ago, Edinburgh Zoo posted a video of me jumping around in excitement at Christmas time, and it went viral. If you search for “jumping penguin” in the GIF search bar, you’ll find me!
Species: Northern Rockhopper Penguin
- RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland, United Kingdom