Penguins chase virtual mouse on iPad video game

You’ve seen penguins swim with grace and watched them waddle comically in their tuxedos, with their short stubby flippers. Now, thanks to modern technology, you can witness the aquatic birds playing a video game on an iPad.

Hugh Ryono, a volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, decided to donate an old iPad, loaded with a cat game app, to two penguins named Jeremy and Newsom, as a means of enrichment.

“Sure enough, when Jeremy and Newsom noticed the iPad in the exhibit they both waddled on over,” Ryono wrote on his aquarium blog. “Jeremy was the first to try it out but Newsom was the only one that really got into it…

“Newsom especially seemed to like the squeak that the mouse made when he put his beak on the virtual critter.”

For those who are familiar with this game, Ryono added, Newsom set the penguin high score of 1,600.

The young penguins are part of the new June Keyes Habitat exhibit and the game was intended to give them something to do while the older penguins pair up during the spring mating season.

Hopefully, Jeremy and Newsom won’t become video game junkies.