November 20, 2018

Penguin to visit Haverhill nursing home; Aquarium officials say former Miss Massachusetts prompted the visit

A distinguished personage wearing a tuxedo is expected to pay an unusual visit to a Haverhill nursing home on Wednesday.

Roast Beef, a specially trained African penguin from the New England Aquarium, is slated to visit the Hannah Duston Rehabilitation Center.

Aquarium officials say the nursing home visit is a first. Usually, Roast Beef travels in his specially-outfitted air-conditioned cuble to schools and community events. However, officials said, “Penguins are clearly loved by all ages.�

The officials say they’re bringing the penguin because nursing home resident Sandra Sterling (a former Miss Massachusetts from the 1950s) painted a