It's so cold, even the penguins don't want to venture outside!
THEY are birds associated with the winter wonderland of the Antarctic.
But staff at Sewerby Hall are facing a struggle to coax their penguins from their shelter as snow continues to fall on East Yorkshire.
Known for crossing the frozen wilderness and sliding along the ice, it came as a shock to many that the birds at Sewerby hated the snow.
But, as Humboldt penguins, their cousins in the wild hail from the South American coast and never see the white stuff.
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Sewerby's penguins would rather stay inside than play in the snow.
As long as their sandy beach and grassed area is white, they will only venture out of their huts at feeding time.
Zookeeper John Pickering said: "While our penguins are bred in captivity, in the wild, it is hotter than the UK.
"They do have blubber and insulation to withstand the cold but they just don't like the snow and ice.
"When there is snow on the path, they won't come out so we have to feed them by hand.
"The other problem is the pond. To feed, we throw the food into the water but if it's frozen over, we have to break it up."
Pair Dion and Rosie gave birth a couple of years ago to young Flip Flop who is coping well.
Mr Pickering said: "Flip Flop has already experienced bad weather and has been doing all right.
"The penguins are still coming out for a swim but they have been spending less time outside since the snow started.
"During a sunny day, they would be out basking but they will be staying indoors more at the moment."
The filtration system at the penguin pool means it will never fully freeze over, so the eight penguins can soon take a quick dip for fish at their feeding times.
The Humboldt Penguin is endangered in the wild, but the group at Sewerby breed on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, the other animals are also taking the icy weather in their stride.
Mr Pickering said: "We are putting out more hay bales for the deer and other animals which provides both food and bedding.
"We are probably providing the deer with twice as much hay a day as we normally do.
"Despite the weather, they are in rutting season so the male deer have more on their mind than the cold weather."