Penguins Line Up for Weigh-In at Australian Aquarium

A waddle of penguins hopped onto a scale, one after the other, at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, as they underwent health checks before moving to their sister aquarium in Sydney.

Video shared by the Melbourne aquarium on May 26 shows king and gentoo penguins waiting around a scale, diligently taking turns at the weigh-in. According to the press release from the aquarium, the penguins were patiently responding to “the promise of their favorite fish and squid snacks.”

Brett DePoister, the aquarium’s attending veterinarian, says in the video, “They’re going to be moving [to Sydney] as part of a breeding program. We just want to make sure they’re nice and healthy before making that journey.” Credit: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium via Storyful

Video transcript

BRETT DEPOISTER: So today we're going to be doing a health examination of our King and Gentoo Penguins that are going to be making a trip to the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium next month. So they're going to be moving there as part of a breeding program, and we just want to make sure that they are nice and healthy before they make that journey.


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