Whilst the family nurses Eve the bear back to full health, Webb and shopkeeper Camilla Radler hold a community meeting with the intention of getting the zoo closed. George sees this as an opportunity to win over the opposition by pitching his vision of the zoo to them, but he is shouted down. He is, however, cheered when a journalist named Gascoigne from the "Chester Herald" comes to write an article on the zoo; but this too fails, as the visit is less than successful and the finished piece portrays George as inept and unrealistic. On the positive side Muriel, previously opposed to her father's plans, becomes more sympathetic as she sees how much the project means to him; and Billy brings in a batch of new arrivals to charm the enemy - a dozen penguins.
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