The global pandemic of COVID-19 has drastically affected everyone around the globe. Springtime was basically canceled and now we’re all trying to make the best out of our socially distanced Summer. The thing is we’re not the only ones who have been feeling the lows of quarantine. Animals in zoos all over the world noticed the change in their day-to-day.
It’s A Wild Life
We can all agree, little to no human interaction can be hard when that was all your life revolved around. Zoos have had to get creative when entertaining their wildlife now that there aren’t any people visiting. This story is definitely one to put a smile on your face.
The Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, England noticed a huge change in their penguin’s behavior since quarantine. These feathered friends weren’t getting as much attention as their used to and it started to make them a little mopey in their enclosures. So that’s when they came up with a brilliant idea to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.
Life Of The Party
What better way to get an adorable penguin’s mind moving than with bubbles!? There’s no denying the effect bubbles have on anything with a pulse. Bubbles are just simply exciting no matter if you’re the age of 2 or 52 you’ll always find time to chase some bubbles.
The awesome idea was a hit with these precious critters and you won’t want to miss their adorable reaction in this video. I don’t think we’ve ever related to penguins more! The penguin’s main zookeeper Dan Trevelyan explained that because penguins are predators they love chasing the bubbles since it keeps their reflexes nice and sharp.
Keepin It Cool
The bubbles cause no harm to these beautiful animals and have even been a hit for the Zoo’s squirrel monkeys too. We just can’t get enough of this cuteness overload the penguins waddled all around intrigued by the bubbly explosions. The Newquay Zoo’s Collections manager John Meek spoke about how cool it was to watch them, saying,
“It was hilarious watching the penguins frantically waddling and swimming after the bubbles, trying to catch them,”
“it worked well as an enrichment tool which is a vital part of our animal welfare programme.”
The Newquay Zoo also touched on how important animal enrichment is, saying,
“Animal enrichment is used in all good zoos to provide the animals with mentally and physically stimulating experiences designed to encourage their natural behaviour and prevent them getting bored.”
“Research has shown that enrichment programmes are as important for the well-being of zoo animals as a nutritious diet and good veterinary care.”
Although we can get wrapped up in our own lives it’s important that we consider the well-being of animals in captivity. Thankfully there are zoos out there that truly care about the livelihood of their animals. The Newquay Zoo is a prime example of how all zoos should be handling their animals.
We’re All In This Together
These sweet little penguins look like their having a blast chasing those bubbles. Now we all might have to pick up some bubbles from the store to keep us occupied in our backyards!
Watch this darling video below
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