|African penguins at Mystic Aquarium.|
Photo by bunnygoth. Some rights reserved.
The artists are Green-Blue and Green-Black, who have raised several chicks together, and Gray-Silver and Yellow-Red, who have been together for an enviable 17 years and appeared on both local and national TV.
Painting is a form of enrichment for the aquarium's penguins. A trainer dabs paint onto the penguin's feet and then sets the bird down on a canvas on the floor. The penguin wanders across the canvas and - voilà - a work of art! You can watch a video of a penguin painting here.
The original paintings, as well as reproduction posters and prints, are available from the Mystic Aquarium Online Store. A portion from the proceeds of each sale will go towards the aquarium's penguin conservation efforts.
African penguins spread the love for Valentine's Day, 4 February 2011, Mystic Aquarium