Friday, July 9, 2010

Roast Beef, Anyone?

This Penguin Is Just Chillin’

July 8, 2010, 3:18 PM  
Roast Beef, one of the newest baby penguins at the New England Aquarium, made a public appearance today in front of Faneuil Hall. It may be 80+ degrees, but Roast Beef was looking cool in his air-conditioned penguin-mobile.

His nickname is “The Ladies’ Man,” says Jeff Prasnal, of the New England Aquarium, with a thick Boston accent: “He is absolutely a bachelor. Loves the attention. He is who he is and he won’t change for nobody.”
Penguins mate for life, but Roast Beef is still playing the field. “There’s a lot of little ladies for him to keep occupied with, and he is one of our better-looking gentlemen penguins, so he does quite well for himself,” Prasnal says.

Update: A spokeswoman for the Aquarium e-mails me with a gentle correction: “Roast Beef isn’t a baby. He’s an adult penguin and often makes trips to schools for educational events. What was new about today’s event was the cool, air-conditioned, penguin mobile he was in – that was our first time using it.”
Hubbub is embarrassed. But come on, he’s an awfully small adult.
Kudos to superchill intern Marielle Segarra for her reporting.


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