Penguin Surprise

on Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Regular readers may know that from time to time, I will post about some of the weird and wonderful creatures of this world. It is estimated that there could be still up to one hundred thousand species of plants and animals yet to be discovered on our amazing planet. However, some exciting discoveries are not always about new species but about unusual facts about familiar animals.

Perhaps we have been taught that penguins are flightless birds. Well, forget that! Some penguins can fly, as seen in this recent BBC footage.



For me, this amazing discovery is the greatest zoological feat since the discovery of the fabled Lirpa Loof, the strange lavender eating primate from Tibet by the famous scientist, David Bellamy back in the 1980's.

22 comments:

On a limb with Claudia said...

Um.... it's truly amazing what those... CGI programmers... I mean penguins can do....

citizen of the world said...

I hear there is another video of pigs taking wing.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Claudia,
CGI Programmers? But this is genuine BBC footage. It's a sad world that doesn't trust what they see on the BBC! O, ye of little faith in the BBC.........and hard to fool.

cz,
C'mon. Pull the other one. Pigs flying is hardly believable. At least penguins are birds! :)

geewits said...

Hey, there's nothing wrong with a little silly fun. At least that's what my cat just said.

cabcree said...

lol...what can I say? how about squirrels flying...oh, wait some actually do...now, that is cool!

the walking man said...

Despite the day of the post I for one choose to believe because to not, diminishes the power of wonder.

tsduff said...

Well, I was ready to buy it.

Cheryl said...

I was just reading what jokesters the British are with April Fool's Day. I'm so glad you posted this video!

Jay said...

OH you saucy minx!

Joyce's Ramblings said...

Great Post and good for a laugh. Maybe great to talk about when someone comes to visit and we have coffee together. i can't do tea.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

geewits,
From personal experience, I wouldn't trust what the cat says....:)

cabcree,
Squirrels even have frequent flyer miles! :)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Mark,
I thought you were the cynic! You constantly surprise me. Oh, wait. That wasn't an April the 1st comment, was it?

tsduff,
Flying penguins might be mistaken as crows, don't cha think?

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Hi Cheryl,
The British are prim and proper for the rest of the year so they need a day to really let their hair down and April the 1st is it!

Jay,
Why thank you. "saucy minx" is so much nicer than "Loopy Squirrel".

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Joyce,
Tea's easy. You should try.

Molly said...

Well, now my face is red. Because I trust you [and didn't look at the posting date!]My excuse is the same as walking man's---I like to keep myself open to wonder-----la,la,la,la,la,la,la.

Bottom line----you got me!

Molly said...

...Flying pigs reminds me of a funny German saying, used when they hear B.S. Roughly translated it means "I think I hear my pig whistling!"

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Pardon my warped sense of humour, but "lavender-eating primate"?

I thought they might have discovered him in San Francisco.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Molly,
Thank you. You have renewed my faith in human kind. All the other commentors are just a bunch of suspicious cynics. It's sad. You on the other hand are trusting and......gullible. Ah, for a more innocent time.

ivan,
That was another BBC hoax involving a small lavender eating primate with purple poop that was placed in a cage at London Zoo where it mimiced and made rude gestures at American tourists. It's Tibetan name Lirpa Loof is actually april Fool backwards.

the walking man said...

Decide for yourself Squirrel...but I played no jokes this year.

Janice Thomson said...

Ah good one Lgs. You always come up with such um innovative documentaries LOL.

Chi Leong said...
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Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Mark,
Still maintaining the mystery.:)

Janice,
It's the BBC! If you can't trust them, who can you trust!

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