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You know how you feel about frigid cold days and long, dark nights? Well, the Wild Humboldt penguins in the UK feel the same way. As reported in The Guardian, the penguins in a Britain sanctuary in Scarborough have become so despondent, the caregivers have been administering antidepressants. Lyndsey Crawford, a curator at the center, explained that these particular penguins originate from the coast of Peru and Chili. And while they have experienced wild weather conditions in the past, these waddlers have yet to adapt to the continuous rain in their new environment.
“After the first week out birds were just a bit subdued, but after over a month now, they are thoroughly fed-up and miserable, much like the rest of us,” Crawford told the Guardian.
She further explained that penguins are actually more sensitive to change than humans, so strong negative emotions like stress and misery can lower their “natural defenses.”
And now for a look on the bright side…Crawford says the meds seem to be picking up their spirits. “They're doing the trick so far, but we are all praying for the weather to change and at least a few successive days of sunshine to give the penguins the tonic they really need.”