Penguins aren’t a bird usually associated with Bethlehem and baby Jesus but these story tellers can be granted a little poetic licence...
Toddlers at A-Zoo Nursery, in Blackpool Zoo, put a unique spin on the nativity tale when they welcomed animals in as part of their performance.
Not content with just having a donkey to accompany Mary and Joseph, the children also used reindeer, llamas and penguins for their Christmas story.
The pint-sized performers told the tale of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and the Biblical story of Jesus’ birth at the festive perwformance in the nursery off East Park Drive.
Parents were left open-mouthed after penguins ran on to the stage to join the two, three and four-year-olds before a donkey made its way sheepishly down the aisle to deliver a mini Mary to ‘Bethlehem’.
The creative story-telling was the brainchild of nursery deputy manager Deborah Fullwood.
She said: “We had reindeers greeting parents, then the penguins running up the aisle, the donkey during the nativity scene and llamas too.
“They said it was brilliant.
“And the children just loved it, it made it more special and magical for them.
“I think they did amazing.
“I just really wanted to raise the standards and couldn’t think of anything better than combining the children and the animals for it.”
While practising the performance the cast, including stars, snowmen, wise men, Mary and Joseph, and Mr and Mrs Claus, visited the various animal enclosures to sing to them and get them used to the noise.
The toddlers regularly visit the zoo to learn about animals and their habitats.
Ms Fullwood added: “The animals are so used to the children going down and singing to them.
“We’re going to make even bigger and better for next year.”