Image: “Penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Centre” by petercooperuk / CC BY-SA 2.0
Short answer: Because they’re being kept in captivity in a zoo, thousands of miles from where they belong.
It was reported this week that the Humboldt penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary have been prescribed antidepressants because they’re so unhappy.
Staff at the centre admitted that the penguins are not adapted to the rainy British climate, which is drastically different from their natural environment on the coast of South America. As a result, the birds … Read more.
A Nottingham shopping centre, intu Broadmarsh, has seen sense this holiday season and turned its back on an ill-conceived plan for an event showcasing penguins on a busy shopping day.
The compassionate people of Nottingham joined us in expressing their objections to the shopping centre, which announced last night that “[f]ollowing talks and meetings with members of our local community, and with animal charity PETA, we have decided not to include live penguins in our Christmas Extravaganza event. We came to this decision after listening to people’s views and we believe this … Read more.
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For your Wednesday enjoyment, here are some of the sweetest and most amazing animals we could find.
- These brainy crows owe their intelligence to a legacy of nurturing parenting. Are crow nannies in our future, perhaps?
- Like humans, chimpanzees and penguins grieve the loss of a child or family member.
- Prairie dogs have a language so advanced that they can describe humans down to the colors of their clothes. Gok’s Fashion Fix: Prairie Dog Edition.
- This cat prefers strawberries to mice. Has she been reading PETA’s website?
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