A Penguin Comes To Visit Patients At Franciscan Children’s

Franciscan Children's Penguin

(Suzanne Sausville/WBZ NewsRadio)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Patients at the Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton got a special visit Wednesday.

An African penguin was brought to the hospital by Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium.

Jocelyn Collen, with Franciscan Children’s, said that since the kids there are mostly non-verbal, they are able to communicate with the penguin in a special way.

“Several students who were close to the penguin were smiling and really happy and felt connected,” Collen said. “They seemed excited and peaceful from their interaction with the penguin.”

The penguin’s trainer, Joshua Davis, said the visit is also good for the bird.

“He also seems to find it rewarding to travel to new places and see new people,” Davis said. “Today is as much enrichment for him as it is for other people who get to see him.”

WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports

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