Two penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific had some fun figuring out how to use a donated iPad, a piece of technology that was once thought to have been used exclusively by students, entrepreneurs, and black bear cubs. To much surprise, two penguins named Newsom and Jeremy have acquired the sophisticated tech savvy needed to play one of the iPad’s apps: a game of catch-the-mouse.
“Sure enough when Jeremy and Newsom noticed the iPad in the exhibit they both waddled on over,” said blogger and aquarium volunteer Hugh Ryono. “Jeremy was the first to try it out but Newsom was the one that really got into it. Stalking the virtual mouse intently he tried to pick it up repeatedly with his beak. Newsom especially seemed to like the squeak that the mouse made when he put his beak on the virtual critter. The mouse was self reinforcing for this penguin. Newsom set the penguin high score of 1600 for the game.”