Penguins in Norway in danger of overheating

Zookeepers at the Bergen aquarium are taking extraordinary precautions to keep the birds cool


Emily Lodish
July 13, 2014 12:00AM (UTC)
This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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Save the Earth. If not for your grandchildren, do it for this penguin:

Penguin stupor at the Bergen aquarium in Norway. (Greg Gladman/Flickr Commons)

Hotter than usual temperatures in Norway this summer have penguins drooping and their keepers on red alert.

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We're talking 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Farenheit). NOT penguin temperatures.


Sad penguin. (Allison Harger/Flickr Commons)

When a penguin is drooping and breathing heavily, things are bad.

"That is a sign of danger," said Kees Oscar Ekeli, managing director of Bergen Aquarium in Norway. "Alarm bells ring when we get close to 25 degrees [Celsius, or 77 degrees Farenheit]."


(jechstra/Flickr Commons)

The aquarium in Bergen has been trying to avoid a penguin over-heating crisis by pumping in cold water from nearby fjords and sprinkling it on the penguins to cool them down.

Let's hope it works.


(Allison Harger/Flickr Commons)

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(kvitlauk/Flickr Commons)


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