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Penguins Wander Art Museum On Field Trip

Amelia Ward

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Penguins Wander Art Museum On Field Trip

Featured Image Credit: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Many tourist attractions around the world are closed for the time being, but a group of keen sightseers broke coronavirus lockdown rules to visit their local art museum.


Peruvian penguins from Kansas City Zoo decided to take a trip with their human care takers to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Missouri, wandering about and soaking up the culture.

The penguins, who are used to being surrounded by people have been left alone in the zoo while it's temporarily closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic, so their keepers decided to give them a bit of a change of scenery.

Julián Zugazagoitia, executive director and CEO of the museum, said: "We are so happy to today welcome our colleagues from the zoo and they've brought special friends and we're seeing how the react to art.

"They seemed to react much better to Caravaggio than to Monet. We were speaking a bit in Spanish and they really appreciated art history."

I'm sure they did, Julián.

The penguins are really getting into art history. Credit: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The penguins are really getting into art history. Credit: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The museum shared the video on its Facebook page, with the caption: "Quarantine has caused everyone to go a little stir crazy, even the residents of the Kansas City Zoo.

"So several of the penguins decided to go on a field trip to the Nelson-Atkins, which is still closed, to get a little culture."

Executive director and CEO of Kansas City Zoo, Randy Wisthoff, said: "We take care of wild animals at the Kansas City Zoo and we're always looking for ways to enrich their lives and stimulate their days.

"During this shut down period our animals really missed having visitors come out to see them."

Animals in zoos around the world have been making the most of the peace and quiet.

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'.

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!"

Get them on Joe Wicks and his PE lessons, that'll sort their quads out.

Topics: Animals

Amelia Ward
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