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Pick up a, pick up a Penguin!

Hello people, I know that I haven’t posted here for a very long while, but that isn’t because I haven’t learnt anything, nor that I simply couldn’t bother. It was because I finally made an honest woman of by beautiful lady, Catherine. She is no longer my girlfriend, no longer my fiancée; she is now my wonderful wife!

What do you mean I need to use Lynx?

So back to the post, but staying a little related at least. Today I want to talk about penguins. Now I know that penguins are monogamous animals (how about that a kind of wedding link!), but I have never understood how they locate their life partners in amongst the vast number of penguins that gather together. (Incidentally do they gather together like that to keep warm?). Scientists now believe that they do it by smell. Apparently they also use smell when they are selecting a partner to check that they are not related. I wonder if that is why there are no penguins in Arkansas? Read more about it by clicking here.

And finally I have more penguin news, this time it’s a little sad. Do you remember the penguin that turned up in New Zealand a few months back? He was nicknamed Happy Feet after the lead character in the animated film about a dancing penguin. He was looked after for two months or so before being rehabilitated in the southern ocean on 4th September. Read about here on the Discovery channel. He had been fitted with a satellite tracking device which stopped sending signals just under two weeks later. It is believed that whilst the device may have simply stopped working the most likely occurrence is that he has been eaten. Possibly after a Killer Whale, or something like that, decided to pick up a, pick up a penguin!

About justwilliam1959

I've been on the planet for a more than half a century and I've lost all my hair but not my enthusiasm for life, my wife, reading and music! I started my first blog; With Just A Hint Of Mayhem in February 2009. In May 2011 I began two sister blogs to that first one; With Just A Hint Of Amelia and With Just A Hint Of Learning. A while later I also added the more random Stars In My Glasses to the family :-) Feel free to check them all out and let me know what you think!

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