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St. Louis Zoo penguins take a trip through the snow to visit polar bears

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ST. LOUIS (WSIL) -- People weren't the only ones enjoying the snow Wednesday.

St. Louis Zoo's king penguins Ethel and Elliot, along with Gentoo penguins CJ, Oshie, Linus, Sunny, Double, and Trouble, took a quick field trip in the snow to visit their neighbors, polar bear Kali and grizzly bears Huck and Finley.

Through the cooperation of the zoo's Bird and Carnivore animal care teams, the penguins were able to get up close to see the polar and grizzly bears. The penguins willingly approached.

The penguins reside indoors at Penguin & Puffin Coast and are given the option to participate in spontaneous winter walks that are enriching for the birds.

The walks are not pre-scheduled and do not occur on any regular basis.

King and Gentoo penguins are native to the Antarctic region.

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Kenzie Dillow

Kenzie Dillow is the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at News 3 WSIL. She joined the team in 2016 as a video editor, moved into a Producer role in 2017 and took over the SMDCM position in 2021. Kenzie graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Sports Broadcasting and a minor in Advertising.

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