ZSL London Zoo wants to dress Gherkin skyscraper as penguin

Jordan Chittley
Daily Buzz

U.K. zoo says penguins are more interesting than the Gherkin

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a giant penguin was about to attack your city?

Residents of London now know since the ZSL London Zoo has released images of the city's famed Gherkin skyscraper dressed up as a penguin.

Zoo bosses commissioned the design to encourage visitors to the city to visit the zoo, according to a statement. They plan to approach the city with the idea.

"We don't want anyone to miss our penguins, and they certainly wouldn't be able to miss this one looming over the capital," said Emma Edwards, the U.K. zoo's head of communications in a statement. "We think 'The Penguin' would be a striking addition to the London skyline and serve as a perfect reminder to Londoners and tourists alike to visit ZSL London Zoo and Penguin Beach this summer."

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The Gherkin is actually called the Swiss Re building and is the London headquarters for the reinsurance company. It's the second tallest building in the City of London at 40 floors or 180 metres.

The folks at Londonist think the PR stunt has about the same chances of flying as a penguin, but they like the idea.

Inspired by the upcoming Olympic Games, zoo officials are also showing off their animal athletes. They have installed a diving board in the penguin enclosure and have a photo of a zebra jumping Buckingham Palace as if it were a gate in the horse jumping competition.

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Edwards also had this to say about 'The Penguin' marking the skyline: "We know it's audacious, but let's be honest — penguins are a lot more interesting than gherkins."

It makes us wonder what the CN Tower would look like dressed as a giraffe.

(Photo courtesy of the ZSL London Zoo)