Mystic penguins to make appearance in Jim Carrey film
Yes, a passel of penguins from Mystic Aquarium will make a background appearance in the Jim Carrey film "Mr. Popper's Penguins," which opens on June 17.
The "Popper's Penguins" crew filmed Mystic Aquarium's penguin exhibit on one day in late December, said Erin Merz, who is manager of media and public relations for the aquarium. No actors were on site. Instead, the Mystic exhibit was set to be green-screened behind the actors in one or more scenes, although aquarium officials don't know exactly what the scenes will be.
The movie is based on the 1939 children's book about a businessman inheriting six penguins and, naturally, chaos ensues.
- Kristina Dorsey
Akron zoo asking for help in naming new penguins
The male and female penguins are ready to join exhibit, and they now need names.
The zoo has selected a list of four names, two boy and two girl names, from a list of submissions. For the male, the name options are Pacific or Pez. The female name opens are Niña or Nieve.
The voting will take place on the zoo’s Facebook page, and it opened on Wednesday, and will end at midnight on April 15.
Also, anyone that provides the winning combination of names will be entered into a drawing for a behind-the-scenes tour of the penguin exhibit for up to four people. People can only vote once, the zoo said.
The Humboldt penguin, which is a warm climate penguin, is currently an endangered species, and with the new additions, the zoo now has 18 of them.
According to information from the Akron Zoo, some estimates show that the Humboldt penguin could be extinct in the wild in about 10 years because nesting locations are being eliminated through commercial harvesting of the land.