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Vancouver Aquarium’s Penguins Catch Break from Chilly Weather

Posted on January 15, 2017

CityMash.com - This year, Vancouver’s winter has felt colder and longer than ever.

According to the Vancouver Aquarium, its penguins agree. 

The staff had a stroke of genius and decided to invite the little guys inside. Apparently now they are happier, and as comfortable as ever interacting with some of the guests, and sleeping in different office spaces.

The Aquarium’s veterinarian Dr. Martin Hualena discussed what the staff noticed about the change in the penguins’ behaviour, and how it tipped them off that the birds might not be as happy as one would think.

“It’s more about their comfort level… When their feathers fluff up, and look uncomfortable. Things like that.”

According to the CBC, the important thing to remember is these penguins are not from a cold climate, such as Antarctica, though that’s the stereotype. Vancouver Aquarium’s penguins are actually from Cape Town, South Africa, so this chilly Vancouver is quite a shock to them.

That said, they are the only penguins known known to live on the southern coast of Southern Africa.

Now they’re known for living indoors.

For more, here’s a link to the aquarium’s penguin cam!

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Written by Alex Southey
Born and currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. I graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2015 and from the Vancouver Film School Screenwriting For Film and Television program in 2016. More articles by Alex Southey

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