Talk about a cost of living crisis! Adorable footage shows penguins refusing their feed after an aquarium in Japan tried to save money by changing to a cheaper type of fish.
The decision has not gone down well with the birds who can be seen in the video shaking their heads and turning their beaks away from the fish as staff do their best to feed them.
An aquarium employee attempts to lure the picky penguin to eat the treat by waving the fish in its face but to no avail. These penguins know what they want.
Fussy penguin turns beak away from cheaper type of fish in Japanese aquarium after management tried to switch to cheaper alternative
Not having it! Penguin refuses the cheaper variety of fish after getting accustomed to the much more expensive and clearly much tastier type!
Unlike the birds, the cost of living crisis continues to bite across the world with a knock-on effect on fish prices which have jumped to new and worrying levels.
As a result of this hike, Hakone-en aquarium made the unpopular decision to resort to cheaper alternatives for their animals – which has clearly not gone down well!
Management made the switch from horse mackerel ‘aji’ to regular mackerel known in Japanese as ‘saba’ after ‘aji’ prices increased between 20-30% back in May.
An aquarium employee (above) tries and fails to get the picky eater to gobble up the cheaper variety of mackerel after soaring fish prices take their firm favorite (horse mackerel) off the menu
However, the manager, Daiki Shimamoto has made it clear that the aquarium won’t force the birds to eat something they don’t want to. He said: ‘We would never force any animal to eat what they don’t want.’
The aquarium, which lies not too far outside the capital Tokyo is home to 32,000 animals including sharks, seals and otters.
Sadly, the spiraling cost of food is not the only problem the facility is facing at the moment.
Rising electricity costs means they are taking measures to save electricity by implementing changes such as reducing the number of times the filter tank is cleaned.
Shimamoto also ruled out raising the admission fee for visitors which he said would ‘be the end of the story’ as he wants to attract as many people there as possible.
Horse mackerel prices have risen by a third forcing Hakone-en aquarium to switch to regular mackerel – a decision not welcomed by their resident penguins who have got accustomed to the taste of the fattier kind