Penguin Visits Seniors in Plymouth
Como Zoo officials brought an African penguin to visit seniors at the Waters Senior Living Complex in Plymouth. The program’s goal is to let people better connect to plants and animals of the world.
The seniors got the chance to see an endangered specie up close.
“We have a very captive audience that likes to engage and learn,” said Michelle Land from The Waters. “I love that we can bring things to them becuase they can’t always go out with their mobility issues. It’s lots of fun and having a real, live penguin is just pretty special. We feel very fortunate.”
The 28-year-old penguin’s name is Cupid.
“Our goal is to connect our participants to the plants and animals we share our world with. Through education and eyes-on experiences, we are hoping this connection will result in increased conservation efforts and an overall appreciation for all living things,” said Ashley Verdeck, Education Specialist at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in a press release.
Fun fact: While penguins are classified as birds, they do not fly.