Scientists Confirm: Even Penguins Are Depressed About the Weather

UPDATED 02/08/2014 at 11:30 AM EST Originally published 02/07/2014 at 12:00 PM EST

British Penguins Depressed About the Weather Are Taking Antidepressants
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You know the weather has been bad when even the penguins are getting bummed out.

The Humboldt penguins who live at the Sea Life Center in the U.K. have become so depressed by England's notoriously gloomy weather that their keepers decided the birds were in need of a major medical pick-me-up. The solution? Antidepressants.

"After the first week our birds were just a bit subdued, but after over a month now, they are thoroughly fed-up and miserable, much like the rest of us," Lyndsey Crawford, one of the penguins' caregivers told The Guardian, explaining why they decided to give the penguins antidepressants.

Humboldt penguins come from the coastal regions of Chile and Peru, so they are used to inclement weather. However, they need sunshine, which unfortunately the British climate is not known for.

Luckily, the antidepressants seem to be working. "They're doing the trick so far, but we are all praying for the weather to change and at least a few successive days of sunshine to give the penguins the tonic they really need," Crawford added to The Guardian.

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