Will and Kate: Already Parents (to a Baby Penguin)

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Acorn the baby penguin. Courtesy of Chester Zoo

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the happy couple—we’re talking the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, of course—you got beat to the punch. By a penguin.

The Chester Zoo gave the future King and Queen of England the chance to adopt a penguin as a wedding gift. While the cuddly—when talking small animals, cuddly always seems fitting, even for a bird—Humboldt baby penguin named Acorn won’t be moving into the Windsor estate, the zoo is picking up some press by having Will and Kate as one of the sponsors of its 50-bird exhibit.

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The zoo held an online vote as to which of the 400 different species the royal pair should sponsor. The penguins ran away with over 20% of the vote, easily outpacing Rothschild giraffes and African painted dogs. Acorn was the first of a batch of penguins to hatch in the week leading up to the wedding.

In an obvious move for even more publicity, a spokesperson for the zoo says, “hopefully the happy couple will come and see little Acorn playing in his pool very soon.”

As you consider your entire wedding gift needs this spring and summer, don’t forget: A penguin is a gift that keeps on giving.

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