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Won't get fooled again? The golden egg at Torquay's Living Coasts and other April Fools Day shockers

By HEGuyH  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

  • Living Coasts penguin with golden egg. Picture by Phil Knowling

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IT'S the day when practical jokers go wild, and some of the April Fool gags being played on the public today have stretched the imagination.

A penguin at Torquay's Living Coasts has apparently laid a golden egg.

The macaroni penguin, named Yoyo, laid the egg at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, on Sunday.

The charity’s Executive Director Simon Tonge – a bird expert and former zoo keeper - said: “The eggshell has a real golden sheen – it is rare but not unheard of. I have been around birds for 35 years and this is only the second one I have seen.”

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Living Coasts Operations Manager Clare Rugg said: “Sadly, the egg is definitely not made of solid gold! It is a first egg, so it may not be fertile – we shall have to wait and see. The metal in the shell can make it harder for the chick to break its way out of the egg, so we will need to keep a close eye on this one.”

The story of the goose that laid the golden eggs is one of Aesop's Fables from ancient Greece. Ornithologists suggest that the original story was based on a true account of a bird laying an egg similar to the one at Living Coasts.

Meanwhile, the pitch at Plymouth Argyle's Home Park ground is set to turn orange, according to a press release issued by Plymouth Argyle today.

After much deliberation, the club says, the Board decided to change the colour of the Home Park pitch to orange - or tangergreen - and approached Capital One in light of their successful “Grounds for Improvement” programme which ran throughout the UK and helped 11 grassroots clubs improve their facilities.

Elsewhere, a leading pub retailer said it was calling a glass amnesty and is calling for the return of any drinking glasses which may have been inadvertently taken from its pubs.

The ‘no questions asked’ move comes as the industry is said to be on the brink of a global glass shortage, with stocks forecast to run out long before another potentially warm UK summer.

Stocks of the sand, used in the manufacture of glass, are at an all-time low.

Plans also emerged to enclose two Exeter city centre parks in huge geodesic domes to rival the Eden Project.

Elaborate plans for the domes and proposals for fracking in Northernhay and Rougemont Gardens have been posted on the gates to the parks.

A new directive from Brussels apparently means Cornwall must make Cornish its primary language – or face losing its European funding.

The new law, which will come into effect next week, will see all Cornish newspapers, radio stations and television programmes forced to use Cornish.

It means that, from next week, the Cornish Guardian will be renamed the Kernow Gwithya.

Secret Government papers propose ditching the cross of St Andrew, a white X on a blue background, that makes up a third of the current design if Scotland votes for independence, the Daily Mail reveals today.

Briefing notes seen as he stepped from a ministerial car show a detailed design for the new flag and appear to list strategies for introducing it post-referendum.

And a revolutionary new system has been designed to keep everyone’s favourite Cornish meal safe for a handy mid-surf snack.

The new Pasty Pocket®, the first of its kind, is a patented accessory designed to give the energy for a 50% longer surf (Gill et al, 2014).

By using titanium-lined Eco-Thermo Skin neoprene (made of kelp and clay) for max heat reflection, it helps keep the pasty warm and dry for hours while a smooth skin lining makes it easy to clean. The Pocket can be attached to your wetsuit or to your board like a GoPro. It can be safely detached and has a waterproof zip, making it easy to enjoy your pasty while sitting in the line-up. No need to interrupt a surf for a lunch break anymore.

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