Penguin binge-watches ‘Pingu’ to cheer himself up

MIRROR – Pierre, an endangered Northern Rockhopper penguin hasn’t been feeling tip top lately.

The brave little guy swam across oceans and was found washed up on a beach in Western Australia.

He’s since been experiencing some feather moulting problems, meaning he’s not waterproof and can’t return to the wild yet, so has been spending some time in Perth Zoo’s vet department.

Staff at the zoo soon realised that being away from other penguins during this time was proving difficult for Pierre and he was rather lonely.

So they came up with a brilliant way to lift his spirits while he was feeling under the weather – and it’s a lot like how we would spend a sick day at home to be honest. Pierre has been watching documentaries about rockhopper penguins as well as episodes of Pingu. Yes, really!

Speaking to 7News, one of the zoo keepers said, “What I have here is an iPad for our rockhopper

penguin Pierre. “Pierre is by himself in the vet department and does get a bit lonely at times, and to make his life a bit more enriching we’ve decided to get other rockhoppers online for him to watch.”

As well as Pingu and the documentaries, the penguin is also shown live streams of rockhoppers at Kansas City Zoo in the US and at Edingburgh Zoo. “Pierre’s been enjoying watching them and seeing them in their little habitats at their zoo,” the keeper added.

Pierre loves watching the other penguins. PHOTO: 7NEWS/TWITTER