Saturday, March 24, 2012
Penguins on Parade!
We rushed to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium in the middle of March hoping to see the penguins released from their homes to walk along the outdoor sidewalks with us regular folks.
The zoo had been parading the penguins for a few weeks and the weather had not been cooperating. Of course the birds didn't mind the cold but we were a little more wary.
Finally we were able to get there on the weekend to see the march. But alas, there were so many people lined up with little ones and strollers and other vehicles along the parade route that we couldn't get near enough for me to even snap a photo of the pens as they waddled by.
We did go inside to visit with the penguins who had been left behind in their enclosure at least on this partciular Saturday. No one was paying attention to these guys who were doing their penguin things in back of the glass and in the water. My husband shot this great photo of one of the penguins preeening for the non-audience.
Maybe next year! But I couldn't help but think about how many people had paid to come into the zoo just to show the walking penguins to their children. What a great marketing strategy! We even ended up becoming members of the zoo (as a senior couple, no less, which was really reasonable!).
Kudos to whoever came up such a creative way to get folks into the zoo during the inclement months. I know we will be back several times in the next year to use our membership
Now our attention has to switch to the other Pittsburgh Penguins as they get ready for the NHL playoffs.