London Aquarium screens Christmas films for its Gentoo penguins

P-p-p-pick up a Christmas movie! London Aquarium screens festive films for its Gentoo penguins left bored during lockdown

  • Penguins have been shown Christmas films ahead of visitors on Wednesday
  • TVs screening Elf have been placed outside the gentoo penguin enclosure
  • London attraction has been closed since England’s four-week lockdown began 

London Aquarium has been screening Christmas films for its gentoo penguins ahead of its reopening on Wednesday.

Televisions showing the Christmas film Elf have been placed outside the penguin enclosure to prepare them for guests returning after being closed during England’s lockdown.

‘At Sea Life London Aquarium, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to keep all our creatures entertained and engaged, as part of our enrichment processes,’ said Leah Pettitt, aquarist at the centre.

The London attraction has been closed since November 5, when it was announced that there would be a shutdown in England to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The attraction has installed two TVs, showing Christmas films, outside the penguin enclosure to prepare them for the stimulation of guests returning on Wednesday

Televisions showing the Christmas film Elf have been placed outside the penguin enclosure to prepare them for guests returning after being closed during England’s lockdown

The London attraction has been closed since November 5, when it was announced that there would be a shutdown in England to curb the spread of Covid-19

Ms Pettitt said 2020 has presented ‘more challenges than most’ in keeping the penguins entertained.

‘We’ve had to get creative,’ she said.

The screenings have been taking place at Sea Life centres across the UK, as well as water play and other forms of enrichment.

‘It’s great to see how much our gentoo penguins are enjoying the Christmas movies we’ve put on for them,’ Ms Pettitt said. 

‘We know that they watch and listen to our visitors just as much as the visitors enjoy watching the penguins.

‘Whilst they are enjoying these festive films, they’re still, just like us, very much looking forward to our real-life guests returning this week.’   




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Penguins are pictured watching Christmas film Elf ahead of visitors to the Aquarium

Leah Pettitt, aquarist at the centre, said 2020 has presented ‘more challenges than most’ in keeping the penguins entertained. ‘We’ve had to get creative,’ she added

Televisions showing the Christmas film Elf have been placed outside the penguin enclosure to prepare them for guests returning after being closed during England’s lockdown

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