WATCH: Little Penguin laughs hysterically with belly rub

Cookie the Little Penguin loves belly rubs (Courtesy: Patricia Sund YouTube)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Ever wonder what happens when you belly rub a Little Penguin? You get a big reaction.

I can’t handle Cookie’s cuteness. He’s a Little Penguin – quite literally, too — and the mascot of the Zoo Bird House at the Cincinnati Zoo, according to the YouTube post.

Little Penguins are the smallest species of penguin, usually found on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand.

Even cuter is that this penguin has special penguin shoes. The little guy actually suffers from bumblefoot, which is a bacterial infection and inflammatory reaction on the feet of birds and rodents. It’s most often found in captive animals than those in the wild, according to Wikipedia.

Patricia Sund says she shot this video while working at the Zoo Bird House as a guest keeper of book research and for her blog, “Parrot Nation.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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