In my previous post I wrote about the three goals that I wanted to accomplish this October and adopting a baby penguin was also on that list, because, well ‒ realistically speaking, who wouldn’t want a pet penguin?
Although I wasn’t completely serious with that, I was nevertheless still interested in how one could actually adopt a penguin. Hypothetically.
So, I did the research on the requirements that must be met before getting one of those guys. Google results returned some expected data. In USA, it is illegal to own a penguin without the permit from some specific government institutions. Penguins also need to have a custom built environment for them to live in, as well as fresh and regular supply of fish.
Quite demanding little creatures.
However, that information was not satisfying because I wanted more details and I also needed to find out how things are regulated here in Slovenia, as this is where I live. I wrote an email to the government (when put like that, it sounds way cooler than it actually was), which probably qualified as one of the most random topics that came into their inbox. I honestly did not even expect to get an answer.. ever.
But I did get one. Three days later, and it was from a lady! She casually said that there is a regulation in effect here in Slovenia ‒ Order on the living conditions and care for wild animals in captivity. Among other things, that order also states what kind of care and living conditions are considered suitable for any wildlife in captivity ‒ regardless of its purpose. Apart from modifying the environment for the penguin to live in, it would also require at least 60 m² of outside space and a salt-water-filled pool with 16 m² of surface area which would have to be at least 1,5 meters deep. And those are just minimum requirements. Luxury at its finest, right? No wonder some of those bastards call themselves King Penguins.
Sadly, I can’t currently provide the above mentioned things. :(
Also, part of this Yahoo answer summed up this whole adoption thingy very well:
A penguin is a social animal and to have just one would deny it the emotional attention it requires. Because a penguin relies on its group for survival, more than 4 are required to be kept together.
I guess that the cases where penguins are doing completely fine being solo, they somehow managed to replace their default company with us, humans.
Actual adoption of any wildlife animal is not advised if you don’t already have some sort of experiences on that field and a backyard that is too big. I am now considering an online adoption of an Adélie penguin, where the money from the adoption would help the penguins. But somehow indirectly. I’d actually buy a one hour worth of fuel for a helicopter that then monitors the penguins. Still counts?