Zoo penguins cheered up with a bubble machine2020|01:03
Penguins who couldn't be entertained properly at a zoo during lockdown have been cheered up - with a BUBBLE machine.The birds are usually kept occupied by feeding shows and guests visiting the zoo, but due to coronavirus their daily routine was forced to change.Staff at Newquay Zoo in Cornwall were trying to find a way to keep them entertained, and then someone kindly donated a bubble machine.Keeper Dan Trevelyan said the penguins, as predators, love chasing the bubbles as it keeps their reflexes sharp.He said: "The bubble machine is fantastic as all the movement and new shapes and colours really stimulate these guys, they have a great time chasing them around. "Things have had to change a little bit during lockdown, the animals' routines has changed a little bit on a daily basis and we've had to cut out some of the experiences and things they would receive throughout the day."In the wild these guys are marine predators they are very sensitive to objects and movement. "All these donations are really appreciated, the best way to support us at the minute is by coming to visit us."Animal enrichment is used in zoos to provide the animals with stimulation which is designed to encourage their natural behaviour and prevent them getting bored. Enrichment usually consists of branches and foliage, but can also come in the form of food hidden in hard to reach places to make the animals search for it. Research has shown that enrichment programmes are as important for the well-being of zoo animals as a nutritious diet and good veterinary care.The bubbles, which cause no harm to the animals, have in the past also proved popular with the Zoo's Squirrel monkeys and Sulawesi crested macaques.Newquay Zoo fully re-opened to the general public on 1 July.