Depressed penguins given happy pills at British sanctuary
London: The cold and wet weather in Britain is not only getting human beings down. Humboldt Penguins living at a British wildlife sanctuary are so bummed over the constant wind and rain that they’re being medicated for depression.
“Humboldts in the wild on the coast of Peru and Chile can be subjected to some pretty wild extremes of weather. What they don’t get though is weeks of almost daily downpours and high winds,” said Lyndsey Crawford of the Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary. “After the first week our 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.”
The sanctuary says depressed penguins are more prone to illness, so they’re medicated to help keep them healthy. Crawford said the mood medicines appear to be working. “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,” she added.
Treated for stress
In 2011, the Humboldts at the sanctuary were given herbal remedies to ease their stress after three intruders broke into their enclosure.