A few dozen patients had the chance to shake their tail feathers with some exotic visitors yesterday. SeaWorld San Antonio was gracious enought to bring a few of their non-marine animals for a show and learn visit.
Keepers talked to patients and their families about the importance of protecting our costal marshlands so native Texans like Padre the Roseate Spoonbill, pictured below with keeper Clay, could continue to call Texas home.
Below, Luna the Virginia Opposum, another native Texan, was a hit with patients.
Although shy, Tafari the Red Ruffed Lemur shown below with keeper Clay, drew oohs and ahs.
But the visitors that really stirred up the patients and drew the most questions were Pete and Penny the Magellanic Penguins, which are native to South America. Magellanic Penguins are one of 17 species of penguins and are a temperate species, meaning they like warm weather, unlike their Arctic cousins, who have twice the number of feathers as Penny and Pete to keep them warm.
The number one question from patients about the animals was, “Can I touch it.” But no need to fear, the animals kept their distance and posed no infectious risk.