Who cares about how much Blackstone made on the Hilton IPO? There are adorable penguins and otters puttering about at 345 Park!

About a dozen kindergartners, and a few high-powered financiers, gathered at the Blackstone Group’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters to get up close with eight animal ambassadors from Sea World, the theme park operator that the firm took public this year….

Among the dignitaries the group greeted were Pete and Penny, Magellanic penguins brought in from Sea World’s Orlando, Fla., park. The humans pressed together to peer at Sophia and King, Eurasian eagle owls that hailed from Tampa, Fla., and San Diego. And they fired off question after question about Shivers and Journey, Siberian huskies from Tampa….

“Can they fly?” he asked. A trainer gently answered no.

“Why do they look like a cat?” another child asked.

“Why do dogs eat chickens?” another chimed in.

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  1. Posted by Jay | December 13, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    "I like turtles!", a fourth exclaimed.

  2. Posted by guest | December 13, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    5th kid: I have a belly button.
    Schwarzman: You have a belly button, well we all have belly buttons.

  3. Posted by Mitt | December 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    After observing that the way the penguins walked, reminded him of how the Germans marched into Poland, Schwarzman then ate the penguins.