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Everybody jump! See penguins chase a ball of light for exercise

Russian Federation, Vladivostok
December 16, 2019 at 14:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

In a mission to keep their Humbolt penguins healthy and active, Primorskiy Aquarium's staff in Vladivostok decided to use the mammals’ curiosity for shiny things to their advantage.

In the footage the penguins can be seen waddling around their aviary and chasing a sunbeam reflected on the floor and the walls.

According to the aquarium’s staff, exercise is important for penguins "to make their hearts function work properly, because it is their weakness, and also if they want to maintain the heart function – they are not allowed to sit still.”

The aquarium says the penguins play such games daily after breakfast to help their digestion, and to help the mammals stay active and healthy.

The Primorsky Aquarium currently has eight Humboldt penguins, which arrived at the zoo in January from Slovakia.

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In a mission to keep their Humbolt penguins healthy and active, Primorskiy Aquarium's staff in Vladivostok decided to use the mammals’ curiosity for shiny things to their advantage.

In the footage the penguins can be seen waddling around their aviary and chasing a sunbeam reflected on the floor and the walls.

According to the aquarium’s staff, exercise is important for penguins "to make their hearts function work properly, because it is their weakness, and also if they want to maintain the heart function – they are not allowed to sit still.”

The aquarium says the penguins play such games daily after breakfast to help their digestion, and to help the mammals stay active and healthy.

The Primorsky Aquarium currently has eight Humboldt penguins, which arrived at the zoo in January from Slovakia.

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