Humans aren’t the only ones feeling restless in quarantine. The penguins of the Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, England were in need of entertainment, and the staff was finding it difficult to come up with solutions for them. That is, until a generous donation came in the form of a bubble machine! What fun!
According to The Good News Network, the caretaker for the penguins, Dan Trevelyan, stated that the bubbles were actually helpful in keeping the penguins’ predatory reflexes up to par.
Who knew that penguins were “predators”? But as Trevelyan explained, these little feathered cuties are actually marine predators, therefore, they are quite “sensitive to objects and movement.” The bubble machine fits into the equation because it has everything they need to be stimulated: movements, new shapes, and even color.
The bubbles are harmless to the animals. And it isn’t just the penguins that are getting hours of entertainment out of them. The bubbles have also provided mental stimulation to the zoo’s squirrel monkeys, as well as the Sulawesi crested macaques.
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The zoo often uses animal enrichment programs that are designed specifically for certain animals based on their needs and natural behaviors in order to keep them from getting bored. These enrichment programs were definitely so important during the lockdown period as the zoo was closed to visits from members of the public. However, the zoo opened back up on the 1st of July. So, at least animals now have that to keep them entertained as well.
In the meantime, check out how cute these penguins are playing with bubbles in the clip below:
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.