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VIDEO: There Were Penguins at One World Trade Center, Because Christmas

By Irene Plagianos | December 22, 2016 3:53pm
 On the 100th floor, at One World Observatory, two penguins strut about for crowds of kids.
On the 100th floor, at One World Observatory, two penguins strut about for crowds of kids.
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When it comes to spreading holiday cheer, reindeers fly and penguins, it seems, use elevators.

A couple of penguins soared to the 100th floor of One World Trade Center Wednesday, to waddle about for a special kids' afternoon during the observation deck's week of holiday events.

WARNING: THE VIDEO BELOW IS EXTREMELY CUTE (also strange, but mostly extremely cute).

The penguins, a brother and sister pair named Betty and Vern, made their way over to One WTC from New Jersey's Jenkinson's Aquarium. They were both hatched in the aquarium but their relatives are from South Africa — here's what lots of Betties and Verns look like on a beach in South Africa (yes, it's adorable). 

Kids were able to watch Betty and Vern make their way around the observation deck, like any other Jersey tourists, but they couldn't hug or squeeze them.

The holiday events at One World Observatory continue for the rest of the week, and include live holiday music Thursday, and a visit from Santa on Friday. Tickets are $34 to head up to the observatory. The penguins, however, aren't scheduled to come back.