It’s so cold in Canada penguins are staying inside to keep warm

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It's so cold in Canada penguins are staying inside to keep warm
It’s too cold for some penguins (Picture: Baden Roth/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock)

It’s so cold in parts of Canada that penguins are having to stay inside to keep warm.

Honestly, it’s pretty cold across the pond.

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The US and Canada have been experiencing freezing weather recently, with temperatures plummeting to a chilly -25C in Calgary on Friday afternoon.

Which, as I’m sure you’ll agree, is not warm.

Environment Canada also issued an extreme cold warning as well.

It was so cold it meant that king penguins at Calgary Zoo weren’t allowed outdoors and had to be kept inside to protect them against the weather.

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Speaking to Global News, Larissa Mark, manager of communications at the zoo, said: ‘On cold days like this, we have to make that choice for them because it is so cold, but on other days, we do give them the option of coming in and out as they please.’

Unlike their emperor penguin cousins, king penguins aren’t used to the extreme cold, instead being mainly found in sub-Antarctic conditions in the wild.

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The extremely cold weather has also tempted a lot of families to stay away from the zoo, with it reportedly being very quiet on Friday.

Although those who did show up were happy to be there.

Bill Robinson, there with his children, told Global News: ‘You know if the penguins are inside, that’s a sign that it’s cold outside. As long as you’re dressed for it, it’s a great time to be outside. Nobody else is joining you, so you’ve got lots of room.’

Larissa added: ‘Calgarians are a hardy bunch. A cup of hot chocolate and a warm fire and they are still coming out and enjoying Zoolights. Our attendance is doing well, it is on par with where we were last year.’

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