Most of us stay home to stay safe. While staying home many might have done a virtual tour or two of museums in the country and around the world. The humans might stay home and do virtual tours, but animals do not use technology. Penguins around the world are enjoying many trip fields during this pandemic.
There are stories of penguins meeting whales at Shedd aquarium in Chicago and penguins enjoying walks on the streets of Cape Town in South Africa, And now the penguins from Kansas City Zoo got to go to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
The three Humboldt penguins walked in the halls of the art museum stopping briefly to look at the art works. The penguins seemed to enjoy the works of Caravaggio and Monet. Julian Zugazagoitia, the director of the art museum, shared that he thought the penguins would enjoy the “Water Lilies” by Monet. They assumed that this particular painting would have a calming effect on the penguins, but it turned out that the penguins are fans of Baroque style of art. They spent more time in the gallery with Baroque paintings and seemed to look at them more attentively. Mr. Zugazagoitia thinks that maybe they liked it more because they recognized the human figures in the paintings.
It all started as an April Fool’s joke. But after some planning the idea of bringing the penguins came to fruition. Caretakers followed the animals everywhere and surprisingly they acted similar to museum’s regular guests. Mr. Zugazagoitia even spoke Spanish to these Peruvian penguins.