Your friends and family members aren’t the only ones who may be suffering from stir-craziness in quarantine—these little birds have been missing social interaction with humans as well.
Since the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri has been closed to visitors amidst the novel coronavirus outbreaks, their resident penguins have been eagerly awaiting the return of their beloved human admirers.
As a means of keeping the penguins entertained during the facility’s closure, however, their caretakers decided to stimulate their cultural senses by taking them on a field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
“Taking care of the wild animals at the Kansas City Zoo, we’re always looking for ways to enrich their lives and stimulate their days,” said zoo director and and CEO Randy Wisthoff. “And during this shutdown period, our animals really miss having visitors come out and see them.”
After allowing the birds to frolic freely around the museum, museum director and CEO Juliàn Zugazagoitia joked that the penguins “seem to react much better to Caravaggio than Monet.”
“These are Peruvian penguins so we were speaking a bit in Spanish—and they really appreciate art history,” he added.
Although this is not the first time that penguins have been allowed to roam free since the start of the pandemic, this particular video of the penguins wandering through the museum has already been viewed more than a million times since it was uploaded to social media last week.
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