Sport Commentator Calls Victorian Penguin Parade As Lockdown Leaves Fans Wanting

A BBC sports commentator in lockdown has narrated Phillip Island's penguin parade to make up for the lack of live events.

The penguins' daily walk to their burrows on the Victorian island has become the latest event to be narrated by Andrew Cotter, after he commentated on the antics of his labradors Olive and Mabel.

A supplied photo obtained Aug 5 2009 of little penguins making their way up the beach on Phillip Island. There is only one colony of the birds remaining on the island, but it's the largest in mainland Australia. (AAP Image/Phillip Island Nature Parks)

"I knew all about the penguins of Phillip Island before this and have visited Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road or Mornington Peninsula every year for the past 15 years," Cotter said.

"I love it all down there so this was a natural fit."

The daily parade of penguins, who waddle from the shoreline to their burrows, attracts thousands of visitors to Phillip Island Nature Park every year.

The park's chief executive Catherine Basterfield said Cotter's treatment would give the animals global exposure.

"The penguins are quite comfortable in front of an audience as they are used to doing their nightly waddle in front of visitors at the penguin parade, but this kind of global recognition goes above and beyond," she said.

"The penguins never fail to entertain with their antics, and Andrew's wonderful wit has captured this beautifully."

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