News last update:6 Aug 2012

Zoo keepers feed garlic to penguins

Up to four cloves of garlic are being hidden in fish fed to each of the 50 penguins at the Shanghai Zoo to ease respiratory ailments in humid weather.

The garlic is aimed at boosting the penguins respiratory systems which have suffered because of a reactions to moulds which increase in the hot and humid summer months.

The zoo keeper was reported to have said the garlic had to be well hidden because the penguins were fussy about their food.

Garlic has long been used as a medicine in China and is reputed to help with a wide range of illnesses including colds and flu, high cholesterol and allergies in humans.

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