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The animals at Uenohara Zoo love their jobs, and their jobs involve acting like animals when human beings are watching and getting on with very human lives when they're not. Paramount among them is Ginpei the penguin, who is eternally getting into trouble with the giraffes, lions, and pandas.
Goichi lives in a village where swans come to spend the winter. Taking care of an orphaned baby swan gives the usually listless boy a new purpose.
Facing the imminent demise of a small zoo in northeastern Japan, the facility's head zookeeper Tange orders breeder Matsuda to scout out a new animal unit. Can the actions of these assembled seven creatures bring back the zoo from the brink?