Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Video Game Arcade Set Up in Penguin Habitat, But Where do They Keep Their Quarters?


Jeremy and Newsom are just a couple of kids who love playing video games. On paper, are typical boys. They love to climb rocks. They eat all of the time. They get easily distracted. However, these boys don’t have to worry about finishing their math or history homework before getting to play with their iPad. You see, Jeremy and Newsom are penguins.

This isn’t the first time the iPad has been introduced into the wild (ish). The Milwaukee County Zoo has an iPad program in place for their Orangutans.

At the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, the resident penguin keepers thought it would be an interesting experiment to see what would happen when they put an iPad in front of the youngsters. Penguins are particularly curious creatures and zoo keeper Hugh Ryono decided to see if they would be as interested in Games for Cats as a cat would be.

They were. Jeremy and Newsom both got a kick out of trying to catch the virtual mouse as it ran around on the iPad’s screen. While Jeremy was the first to try the game, Newsom got the highest score. The birds would try to catch the mouse by tapping the iPad screen with their beak. Newsom especially like it when the mouse would squeak.

Luckily, Ryono and his cohorts at the Aquarium of the Pacific caught these gamers on video.


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