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Penguins in the News: Space Penguins, Penguin Attacks & Penguin-Napping

By April 25, 2012

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A PenguinWhat is it with all the penguins in the news these days? They've become total media whores.

First, a penguin attacked sort-of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich at the St. Louis Zoo.

Gingrich was apparently bitten by a Magellanic penguin during a behind-the-scenes visit and was later seen wearing a bandage, according to the Associated Press.

Does that mean penguins are liberals? We can't say for sure as the bird was not available for comment.

Meanwhile, in Australia, three men were arrested after breaking into Sea World in Queensland Sea World -- because they allegedly wanted to swim with the dolphins and steal a fairy penguin.

Fairy penguins, also known as little blue penguins, are the smallest of all penguins at just over a foot tall and a very tempting target for penguin-nappers.

The trio apparently left the penguin in nearby waters, where it may have been chased by a shark, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Naturally, emperor penguins want their own attention so they've been spotted from space.

New high-resolution satellite images are allowing scientists "to differentiate between penguin poop, ice, and the birds themselves," according to National Geographic.

Guano. The correct word is "guano," not "poop."

The images allowed researchers to identify seven new colonies, nearly 600,000 penguins and a lot of poo- err... guano.

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June 5, 2012 at 12:01 am
(1) Mohmmad says:

This reminded me to take a look at my kids art which srrnouuds my work desk. Now that I’ve got my smile on, I can happily get back to work. I loved the penguin. Thanks, Ken!

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