I think that all of us are going a little bit stir crazy during the coronavirus lockdown. You can call it cabin fever or whatever you want, but the simple fact is, we are having difficulty staying indoors and staying safe for the longterm. Every once in a while, we just need a break from the monotony, and penguins are here to bring it to you.
In Kansas City, Missouri, a group of penguins went on a field trip to a local art museum. Like the rest of us, they needed a change of scenery. Typically, they would have a bunch of humans pointing and staring at them, but now that the zoo was closed due to the pandemic, they needed to get out and about. According to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, “several of the penguins decided to go on a field trip to the Nelson-Atkins, which is still closed, to get a little culture.”
Julián Zugazagoitia is the museum director who said that he was happy to have visitors from the zoo come to the museum. He was also interested to see how the penguins would react to the art. It seems as if they were confused when they first stopped by, but after a while, they settled in and started wandering the hallways to look at one piece of art after another.
After a while, the Humboldt penguins seemed as if they were loving what they were seeing. According to Randy Wisthoff, the executive director of the zoo, they were looking for how they could “enrich their lives and stimulate their days during this shutdown period.” A trip to the local museum was the obvious choice.
Zugazagoitia said that the birds “seemed definite to react much better to Caravaggio than to Monet.” He also talked about speaking in Spanish to the penguins, who are native to Peru and Chile. It was also his opinion that they appreciate art history. Regardless of their thoughts on it, our thoughts of watching penguins enjoying a local art museum are all positive.
The zoo and museum were closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. They no longer have patrons coming through their doors, and the penguins really miss having the “visitors coming up to see them.”
In the end, Wisthoff said that the penguins really loved their visit to the museum. I think that we loved it too!
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