A Poki Game About Floppy Penguin
Earlier this year, one of the gentoo penguins at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium suffered a minor setback, but it's only now that his recovery is beginning to take shape. For a while, the gentoo's wing was missing, but it's been restored, and the animal is back on the right track. The staff at the zoo are also working to ensure that Floppy's feathers stay healthy, and the animal should be back in the water in no time. Until then, it's likely that the gentoo will be spending a great deal of time indoors.
The penguin has the distinction of being the first in his species to have its wing amputated. The decision was based on a number of factors, including the cost of the surgery and the likelihood that the resulting penguin could recover from the operation. The decision was made after several weeks of monitoring the gentoo's progress. The amputation was not without its own qualms, though, as the bone in the wing was not able to heal. The animal had to learn how to float, dive, and navigate its habitat in order to get back on its feet.
The animal's rehabilitative success story is largely thanks to the efforts of a small band of aquarists. In the course of their daily duties, the zoo's animal care staff were able to observe a number of interesting occurrences, such as a spike in the gentoo's IQ. After conducting a number of tests, they were able to determine that the animal's intelligence was not being put to good use. They consulted with other institutions to come up with a plan of action. This included installing a ramp to allow the gentoo to exit its habitat without straining its feathers. In addition, the zoo was able to implement a plan to educate the public about the gentoo's plight, and to provide information and support to the public as the animal's recovery proceeds.
It's hard to believe that Floppy has been a resident of the PPG Aquarium since December of 2021. At the same time, the zoo has made a number of other noteworthy advancements in its quest to improve the well being of the animals in its care. The aforementioned amputation of the wing was only the most notable of these, but there have been several other notable wins, such as a new breeding program for guinea pigs. In all, the gentoo is a much-loved member of the zoo family. In fact, he was named the most lovable critter at the zoo by a generous donor. This gentoo is the zoo's only emperor penguin, and it will be a long time before he gets to share his habitat with the other gentoos of the colony.
The zoo has a number of other worthy achievements to be proud of, including the first polar bear to be reintroduced into its colony. It has also been able to install a surprisingly large aquarium, allowing the polar bear to bask in the sun and swim in the coolest of waters.