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Penguins Taken On Walks Around Empty Zoo And Given Their Very Own Obstacle Course

Penguins Taken On Walks Around Empty Zoo And Given Their Very Own Obstacle Course

With people currently unable to visit of their favourite major attractions right now, a group of penguins have been making the most of their unusually-quiet zoo after being given free reign to roam the complex by staff - who have also since made them their very own obstacle course.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which owns and operates Singapore Zoo, said on Facebook that its African penguins have been taken out for regular walks, and that they've been so well-behaved that they're now allowed to 'explore new areas' of the zoo - which is currently closed to visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The zoo has also set up a new obstacle course for the penguins within their enclosure, in a bid to help them 'build leg strength'. Yep, it sounds like something we could all use right now, to be honest... Anyone got a few hundred kilos of sand for my living room?

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Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Posting a clip of the penguins enjoying the course, WRS wrote on Facebook: "Our African penguins have taken to their walks so well that their keepers think they would love to explore new areas in our parks.

"To help them go further in their little adventures, their exhibit has been transformed into an obstacle course, helping them build leg strength!"

Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
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In the video, WRS explained more about how the penguins responded to their new environment, saying: "Our African penguins came back from a swim and were in for a surprise... Their keepers transformed their exhibit.

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"The bravest of them all ventured into the new obstacle course, and soon the rest of the colony wanted in on the action.

"African penguin habitats are sandy and can be steep or rocky. The workout strengthens their legs, as different muscles are put to use to navigate new environments. This helps the penguins get ready for their next adventure.

"Try injecting something new to your routine too!"

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Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

The video has had more than 2,500 likes and 1,000 shares, with many people commenting to praise the keepers' creative thinking.

One person wrote: "This is so cute! I'm happy that they're having fun."

Someone else joked: "Love this video soooooooo much!! Thank you for the idea! I am gonna create an obstacle course for my kid as well... Minus the sand!!!"

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A third added: "Wonderful enrichment for them. Loving the slide to the ball pit."

Featured Image Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Topics: World News, Singapore, News, penguins, Animals

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]