This robot helps sick children 'visit' a zoo

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Published on April 8, 2019 - Duration: 00:48s

This robot helps sick children 'visit' a zoo

A robot at Poland's Poznan Zoo livestreams its wanderings n the park, allowing sick children to see the zoo from the safety of their hospital beds.

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This robot helps sick children 'visit' a zoo

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Sick children in Poland can now visit the animals in Poznan Zoo from their hospital beds with the help of Leos, a robot volunteer who rolls through the zoo showing a livestream of the critters.

Leos was conceived by Polish animal lover Lukasz Bodnarowski, whose son Borys was diagnosed with a genetic muscle-wasting disease a year ago.

Leos, which is named for Lionel Messi, Borys' favorite soccer player, is controlled by a computer or mobile device and accompanied by a zookeeper or volunteer who explains facts about the animals to the child controlling him.

He can also access areas of the zoo which are generally off-limits to visitors, allowing sick children to see zoo life behind the scenes.

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