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By John Glenday, Reporter

February 14, 2012 | 1 min read

An affectionate penguin at an Orlando Sea World Centre has become a YouTube star after being filmed by visitors.

A local woman had been paying the aquatic zoo a visit as a birthday treat when the King penguin, known to his handlers as Johnny Five, waddled over with outstretched wings for a cuddle.

The emotional encounter has been viewed more than 340,000 times on the video sharing site after being posted by the woman’s husband.

He wrote: “I took Jamie to see the penguins at Sea World for her birthday present, and this little interaction with a King penguin happened!

“His name is Johnny Five and he has been looking for a mate, so here he is being extra affectionate with Jamie!"