Penguins, Patients Parade Through Rady Children's Hospital

Young patients who are too sick to leave the hospital got a little walk on the wild side, courtesy of two Magellanic penguins.

SeaWorld caretakers brought little avian ambassadors Pete and Penny, as well as costumed characters, to Rady Children’s Hospital Tuesday.

During the annual “mini-walk,” the penguins led patients — many of whom were in wheelchairs or hooked up to IV poles — through the oncology and hematology unit and into Carley’s Magical Garden at the Acute Care Pavilion.

There, children got to pet the flightless birds and enjoy a lighter day.

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