Friday, October 24, 2014

Penguins of the Day

Happy Penguin by Makki-Summer

Penguin's morningby Makki-Summer

African Penguins at Boulders Beach, South Africa

4th penguin chick born at Little Rock Zoo

Photo courtesy Little Rock Zoo
Photo courtesy Little Rock Zoo
Posted: Oct 23, 2014
 The Little Rock Zoo has announced its fourth African penguin chick successfully hatched on September 11.

Unlike the zoo's last three penguin chicks, this latest one was hatched by penguins Mary Beth and Roy and foster parented by penguins Skipper and Eze. Skipper and Eze are parents to the Zoo's last three chicks.

The new penguin, a male, weighed only 2.3 ounces when born. He now weighs six pounds and is growing strong. Penguin chicks grow quickly when they are first hatched and if they are healthy.

The chick will not be on exhibit until it is old enough to swim on its own. In the meantime, he enjoys lounging on the steps of the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe exhibit.

According to the zoo, the birth of this penguin is a significant achievement in conservation because of the genetic makeup of penguins Mary Beth and Roy. Mary Beth and Roy were recommended to breed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). The SSP is a conservation program of AZA that aims to protect and conserve endangered and threatened species.

The African penguin is an endangered species whose population has declined more than 95 percent since preindustrial times. The African penguin is threatened by oil spills, overfishing, and climate change.

Penguin Hijinks

Penguins Love to Take Pictures

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Penguins of the Day

Ice Islands Penguins
 Southern Rockhopper Penguins by  Ricky Hayden

Pitbull - Celebrate (from the Original Motion Picture Penguins of Madagascar)

One Special Day for One Old Penguin

Russell Jones
Gulf World threw a birthday party for one of their oldest residents. Fat Boy is   turning 31 years-old.  Staff wanted to honor this achievement because its so rare for African penguins to live this long.

Stephanie Nagle the Education Coordinator at Gulf World was on hand for the celebration.

He is a little bit older so he is calmer than the others. He is the only male in our habitat, so the other females are a little bit more active than he is, but he still very healthy and we hope to celebrate many more birthdays in the future, says Nagle.

Gulf World is home to many different aquatic animals including penguins.  Fat Boy is an African Black-Footed Penguin.
This species is on the endangered list, so staff used today as
an opportunity to educate the public on how to help the animal.

According to Gulf World trainers, picking up liter on the beach to reducing the amount of water you use everyday are ways to help Fat Boy and his family live on forever.

One admirer loves the penguin for all kinds of reasons. 
"I like how they can swim and dive. They are cool animals but just weird little birds, says Bennett Schneider.


Tucson boy's wish to 'hug a penguin' comes true

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Oct 19, 2014
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - All Omar Casas Varela could think about two weeks ago was what a hug from a penguin might feel like. "I think they're going to be so soft," he said at a farewell party hosted by Make-a-Wish Arizona. 
The young boy has a life-threatening illness that requires him to receive a blood transfusion every two weeks, but his family says the one thing that gets him through all those doctor appointments is his love for these aquatic animals.

"He likes that the penguins are like a family like us," said Omar's mother Vanessa Molina. Make-a-Wish Arizona volunteers said Omar's wish to "hug a penguin" was unusual, but they knew they had to make it happen. So when they scheduled the family's vacation, they left room for two whole days behind the scenes at Seaworld in Orlando, Florida. Watch the video above to see Omar's wish come true!


Now you can mop your floor with a penguin??

P-P-Pick up the dirt with this penguin multi-surface cleaner
The penguin floor cleaner cover helps your mop glide across surfaces (Picture: Felissimo)
Occasionally, even the most slovenly types are forced to wipe down the odd surface *sad face*.

And now you can put a bit of sparkle into the dullest of chores with the penguin multi-surface floor cleaning cover.

You may not have ever realised you needed it, but seeing this little stuffed penguin gliding across your floors as you clean may just brighten up the most menial of tasks.

The cuddly cover can be used with virtually any old mop – the hole in its torso lets you slide it over the mop handle. Then, it will glide over your tiled/wooden floors with ease, like a penguin on ice.
penguin pic 2
What the world was missing (Picture: Felissimo)
The cover is sold by Japanese online shop Felissimo for around £20 plus postage.
When you’re not mopping the floors (which, yeah, is basically all the time), or don’t actually own a mop – because Flash wipes – it also doubles up as a tissue box.
penguin pic 4
Or just put your tissues in its stomach-lining. Good (Picture: Felissimo)
Most pointless invention ever? Very possibly. But, for some reason, we still sort of want one.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Penguins of the Day

Snowy Chinstrap Penguin by pinguino

Snow on My Flippers by pinguino


Penguins dressed for success

Photo by Lloyd Spencer Davis
Photo by Lloyd Spencer Davis

Penguins might be regarded as cute, comedic characters because of the bumbling manner in which they walk, but these birds have been shaped not by the air or land, but by the sea. ''Even Ferrari can't design a shape as efficient,'' Prof Lloyd Spencer Davis says. Any creature that has to spend a lot of time moving through a dense medium such as water is likely to have been shaped by evolution into a spindle. Such a shape reduces drag.

''A shark, a seal, a penguin - there might be slight differences to their form - but in essence they are all battling the same problem: drag,'' Davis writes in Professor Penguin. ''They can have coefficients of drag that are better than we can design with all our computers ... but as a consequence of reducing the drag, they have these short legs. Natural history documentaries often mock penguins because of the way they move on land, yet you'd never say about (champion sprinter Usain Bolt), 'well, he sleeps in a funny position'.''

Two of the most recognisable characteristics of penguins - the way they walk and the way they dress - are a consequence of their evolution to become diving birds that hunt in open oceans. ''Penguins walk upright because their legs have been much reduced in an effort to reduce drag. In essence, penguins have such short legs that they end up walking upright on what are essentially their anklebones. The waddling gait of penguins is not the best means of moving on land. It is just one of the compromises that penguins have had to accept on land in order to rule beneath the waves.''

Davis points out that penguins' coloration, too, is more dictated by the requirements of life in water than by those of life on the land. ''They are open-ocean predators, feeding on krill, fish and squid. They are also open-ocean prey, being fed on by the likes of seals, and sometimes the odd whale or shark, too, if some of the stories are to be believed. In the ocean there is nowhere to hide, either for sneaking up on prey or for evading predators. Camouflage comes in the form of the two-tone suit worn by most oceanic dwellers: dark on top to blend in with the depths when seen from above, light on the bottom to blend in with the surface when seen from below. It is the dominant fashion of the water-obsessed: barracuda, tuna, great white sharks, killer whales, salt-water crocodiles.''
In short, Davis notes, penguins may look like they are wearing tuxedos but, really, they go to the same tailors as all other open-ocean predators.