Roast Beef, an African penguin at the New England Aquarium, made a special visit today to a Haverhill nursing home.
“They seemed to be thrilled and even after, as we were wrapping things up, they were calling us over to ask us questions,” said penguin exhibit manager Heather Urquhart.
The visit to the Hannah Duston Health Care Rehabilitation Center was prompted after a resident, Sandra Ramsey-Sterling, painted a mural of five penguins on a snowy background.
She said she made the painting for the 9-year-old daughter of one of the nurses. But after three weeks of work, the painting turned out better than she expected, said Ramsey-Sterling, who said she had been painting for 30 or 40 years.
So with the help of some of the nurses, she made poster copies of the painting and donated them to the aquarium, hoping they could be sold in the gift shop. Though the aquarium was unable to use them, they sent an ambassador — Roast Beef — to thank her personally. (Boston.com)
Last month, while at the Mystic Aquarium to hang out with the penguins, we also stopped to check out the beluga whales. This one whale was having a great time, and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen at a zoo or aquarium; she was interacting with the people standing at the glass watching her and it looked like she was having a blast doing so.
She would float right up against the glass, face to face with the crowd standing at the glass, and occasionally press the top of her ahead against it, just like she does in that video. We could hear her noises; they sounded pleasant. She’d occasionally squirt water up in the air, since her head was just about at the top of the water as she floated right in front of us. She would nod her head a bit, like she does in the video, and then she’d open her mouth just for a quick second, like she’s doing in this picture. She seemed to especially enjoy doing it for the little kids, who would react by yelling and clapping because they were enjoying themselves so much; it was almost like she was thinking ‘the smaller humans like this the best!’ Then she’d swim away, only to swim right back and do it all again. So awesome.
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