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The world’s 1st crossing for penguins

Little penguins march across the zebra crossing

These pedestrians have got happy feet after zoo keepers installed the world’s first zebra crossing for penguins. Staff at Living Coasts in Torquay, Devon, asked the local council to paint the black and white markings to improve safety. The attraction’s colony of 80 African penguins regularly use a public thoroughfare during feeding time. Every day the birds cross a wide footpath as they make their way from Penguin Beach to meet a keeper.
Staff noticed the excited animals were bumping into visitors and so installed the zebra crossing to keep therm in order. They have now learned to use the crossing and are a regular sight waddling across the road in line. The crossing even has miniature red triangular warning signs – complete with penguins. Senior Head Keeper Tony Durkin said: “We believe this is the world’s first zebra crossing for penguins. “Our penguins are only 2ft tall and when they see the bucket and their keeper they do tend to get excited.”

“It’s hard to teach a penguin road safety, but the zebra crossing does alert visitors to the fact that the birds cross there. “They live on Penguin Beach but are fed in the public area which means a fair bit of to-ing and fro-ing. “The crossing has been put down to show visitors where the penguins cross the public walkway and to emphasise the need to take care. “It was a road safety issue so we asked the council to help by bringing in the road painter. “The crossing is working well despite the fact that it involves black and white birds using a black and white crossing.” Cllr Chris Lewis, of Torbay Council, said the council had used a road marker to install the crossing. He said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Living Coasts particularly highlighting the importance of safer crossing points.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-480088/The-worlds-zebra-crossing-penguins.html#ixzz1GdZRDWPI


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A little jingle for toddlers, when you’re holding their hand at the crosswalk:

What do you say when you come to a street?
Look, Both, Ways…

What do you say when you come to a street?
Look, Both, Ways…

 


Visit Abbey Road

Cross like a boss, but never run across a street.

Running makes it harder for you to see cars and bike riders coming towards you because when you run you naturally look straight forward and not to your sides (so you don’t trip). Also, if you run it doesn’t give drivers enough time to stop, so walk across the road after you look to see that it is safe. By walking, cars and trucks will see you enter the roadway easier. That’s right, own that crosswalk and walk like a BOSS! (Shoes optional)

Go HERE to see a live street cam of the famous cross walk that the Beatles used for one of their albums at http://www.abbeyroad.com.

  • Do you know that a ‘Live Video Feed’ means that you are viewing what is happening right now?  No, you’re not looking at a video, like on YouTube, but it is live action!
  • What are people doing?  Are they acting like the Beatles and posing for photographs?
  • Notice how the English drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road in this live video feed?  Why is this?
  • What time is it in England right now?  If it is daylight when you are watching the live feed, does it look like night time there?  Do you know why?  Ask your parents to explain.

Beatles Abbey Road Album Cover

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Welcome to Know The Fundamentals blog. Our mission is to find avenues for adults to teach children the fundamentals of safety, so they may have a lifetime free of tragic events. By instilling safe attitudes at a younger age, when they begin to drive, have families, or just live, they can pass on their knowledge through their example.

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