UK markets closed
  • FTSE 100

    6,695.07
    -20.35 (-0.30%)
     
  • FTSE 250

    20,596.91
    -196.81 (-0.95%)
     
  • AIM

    1,195.31
    -2.78 (-0.23%)
     
  • GBP/EUR

    1.1236
    -0.0045 (-0.40%)
     
  • GBP/USD

    1.3685
    -0.0046 (-0.33%)
     
  • BTC-GBP

    23,484.80
    +246.04 (+1.06%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    651.44
    +41.45 (+6.79%)
     
  • S&P 500

    3,841.47
    -11.60 (-0.30%)
     
  • DOW

    30,996.98
    -179.03 (-0.57%)
     
  • CRUDE OIL

    51.98
    -1.15 (-2.16%)
     
  • GOLD FUTURES

    1,855.50
    -10.40 (-0.56%)
     
  • NIKKEI 225

    28,631.45
    -125.41 (-0.44%)
     
  • HANG SENG

    29,447.85
    -479.91 (-1.60%)
     
  • DAX

    13,873.97
    -32.70 (-0.24%)
     
  • CAC 40

    5,559.57
    -31.22 (-0.56%)
     

Penguins watch Christmas films to prepare for visitors returning after lockdown

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
·2-min read

Watch: Penguins watching festive films at London aquarium

London Aquarium has been screening Christmas films for its gentoo penguins ahead of its reopening on Wednesday.

Televisions showing the Christmas film Elf have been placed outside the penguin enclosure to prepare them for guests returning after being closed during England’s lockdown.

“At Sea Life London Aquarium, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to keep all our creatures entertained and engaged, as part of our enrichment processes,” said Leah Pettitt, aquarist at the centre.

RETRANSMISSION (deleting Centre in name of venue). Gentoo penguins watching Christmas movies at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
Gentoo penguins watching Christmas movies at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. (PA)

The London attraction has been closed since 5 November, when it was announced that there would be a month-long lockdown in England to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Read more: The feud that stopped Elf 2

Ms Pettitt said 2020 has presented “more challenges than most” in keeping the penguins entertained.

RETRANSMISSION (deleting Centre in name of venue). Gentoo penguins watching Christmas movies at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
Gentoo penguins watching Christmas movies at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. (PA)

“We’ve had to get creative,” she said.

The screenings have been taking place at Sea Life centres across the UK, as well as water play and other forms of enrichment.

Will Ferrell in Elf (Credit: New Line)
Will Ferrell in Elf (Credit: New Line)

“It’s great to see how much our gentoo penguins are enjoying the Christmas movies we’ve put on for them,” Ms Pettitt said.

RETRANSMISSION (deleting Centre in name of venue). Gentoo penguins watching Christmas movies at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
Gentoo penguins watching Christmas movies at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. (PA)

“We know that they watch and listen to our visitors just as much as the visitors enjoy watching the penguins.

Read more: The best Christmas films of the 21st century

“Whilst they are enjoying these festive films, they’re still, just like us, very much looking forward to our real-life guests returning this week.”

Watch: The hilarious trailer for Elf