Penguins in U.K. put on antidepressents

Feb 07, 2014, 2:37 PM EST
Humboldt penguins are seen at Santiago's zoo on April 3, 2013.
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The conditions of winter this year in the U.K. have made its contained zoo population of Humboldt penguins depressed enough to be given antidepressents in their food. Zookeepers say that the conditions of the penguins' native habitat can be rough, but not as brutal as the perpetual rain conditions have been in the U.K. this year.

Background:

Rain-lashed penguins at Scarborough sanctuary given antidepressants [The Guardian]

Even Penguins Are Taking Antidepressants This Winter [TIME]

UK Weather Now So Rubbish Penguins Are Being Given Antidepressants [Huffington Post]

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